Keyboard Studies

Performance Opportunities and Masterclasses

Preparation for public recitals and concerts is a vital component of performance education. At the Conservatory we have many opportunities, at different levels, to encourage our students to engage in public performance, both within DIT and in external venues. Each year, our piano students perform at the National Concert Hall and other public venues around Dublin.

'Seasonal' Piano Recital Series

Available to all students, these recitals are held in the McCann Hall in Chatham Row, and in the Theatre in Rathmines and take place on various evenings and Saturday afternoons in Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, often in advance of examinations and competitions. These recitals are open to the public and students apply for a place through their  teacher. Participants usually perform two pieces and the recitals are divided into two one-hour sessions, the earlier one usually reserved for younger students and the later half, for more advanced students. The purpose of the recitals is to provide students with a 'live' experience of performing in front of an audience. Audience members are expected to attend for the whole one-hour session and recording is strictly prohibited.

Performance Workshops

These workshops are aimed at junior students (Grades Initial to 4) and offer an opportunity to 'prepare' for public performance. They are organised in an informal setting with a focus on performance etiquette as well as strategies for coping with those times when the performance does not quite go to plan! All students are offered a chance to play but may observe from the sidelines, if they prefer. The workshops are the perfect starting point for the inexperienced students wishing to take part in the Seasonal Recital Series.

Additional Initial/Primary Workshops are aimed at students undertaking these examinations and are held twice a year, prior to the exams. The format includes advice on what to expect in the exam as well as allowing students to play through their programme of pieces if they wish. Parents are welcome to attend and observe. Please note that no audio or visual recording is permitted.

Masterclasses

One of the many advantages of Conservatory education is the access to masterclasses. The Department hosts regular masterclasses in piano and organ, most of which are open to the public.  The department is fortunate to have as visiting Professor of Piano, the internationally-acclaimed pianist, Barry Douglas, who visits twice each year to work with staff and students.

Over the last number of years, Conservatory students have enjoyed masterclasses with a variety of pianists and teachers including:

  • • Pascal Rogé
  • • Ronan O’Hora (Head of Keyboard Studies, Guildhall School of Music and Drama)
  • • Vanessa Latarche (Head of Keyboard, Royal College of Music)
  • • Douglas Humpherys (Head of Piano, Eastman School of Music)
  • • Prisca Benoit (Paris Conservatoire)
  • • Andrew Ball (Royal College of Music)
  • • Hilary Coates (Trinity Laban and Wells Cathedral School)
  •     William Fong (Purcell School)

Organ masterclasses have been given by seasoned practicioners, including Thomas Trotter, Gerard Gillen, Ben van Oosten and Henry Fairs.

 MASTERCLASSES 2017-18

PIANO; HELEN KRIZOS (RNCM AND CHETHAMS) FEB 10 11.30-1 and 2-5, FEB 11 10-1/ 2-3.30 MCCANN HALL

ORGAN IMPROVISATION: ALEXANDER NISSE TBC

PIANO: DR BARRY DOUGLAS (PIANOS PLUS VISITING PROFESSOR) MONDAY DEC 18, 2017 (sponsored by Pianos Plus)

PIANO: PROF. VANESSA LATARCHE (HEAD OF KEYBOARD, RCM) FEB 9, 2018

PIANO: DR REBEKKA ANGERRVO (SIBELIUS ACADEMY, HELSINKI) MAY 8 AND 9

CONCERTS 2017

FEB 5, NCH STUDIO, CELEBRATING IRISH PIANIST-COMPOSERS; THE MUSIC OF FIELD, GIBSON AND MARTIN

MAY 5, NCH FIELD ROOM, SUMMER ENSEMBLES

CONCERTS 2018

APRIL 23, NCH FIELD ROOM, SUMMER ENSEMBLES (senior piano chamber music)

May 10, DIT, MCCANN HALL, CHATHAM ROW, JUNIOR ENSEMBLES, 2-4pm

MAY 19, DIT GLEESON THEATRE, JUNIOR PIANO PROJECT 'HAPPY ANIMALS' (for narrator, piano and chamber ensemble) conducted by David Brophy, 2pm

JUNE 6, DIT GLEESON THEATRE, JUNIOR PIANO JAMBOREE (celebrating 'Nature')