About Our Conductor
Dr Orla Flanagan is an assistant professor at the Department of Music, Trinity College, Dublin. She studied conducting with Prof. Péter Erdei at the Zoltán Kodály Institute of Music, Hungary, and has participated in courses and masterclasses throughout Europe. In 2012 Orla was awarded a Doctorate of Music in Performance from Dublin City University, the first doctorate in choral conducting to be awarded in Ireland.
Orla gained the McCurtain & McSwiney Award to a conductor at the Cork Choral Festival's Fleischmann International Trophy Competition 2011 and in April 2009 was awarded a special prize for interpretation at the 10th International Choral Competition, Maribor, Slovenia. She frequently gives choral workshops and adjudicates at festivals throughout Ireland.
In addition to her work as conductor of the Mornington Singers, Orla directs the UCD Philharmonic Choir. She has also appeared with professional choral ensembles: as conductor of Milltown Chamber Choir from 2006-2011, with EnsemBéal at the Béal Festival in November 2012 and as a frequent guest conductor with the National Chamber Choir of Ireland, with whom she performed twice for Barack Obama.
All our conductors, past and present
The choir is privileged to have sung under a number of talented musical directors during its fifteen-year history.
- Róisín Blunnie (interim conductor, Summer 2013)
- Orla Flanagan (2002-present)
- Rosemary Collier (2000-2002)
- John Page (1999-2000)
- Shane O'Shea (1997-1999)