Orchestral Studies

The Department of Orchestral Studies provides tuition in strings, wind, brass, and percussion.  In common with the Vocal and Keyboard departments, we cater for primary, secondary and third-level part-time and whole-time students on certificate and degree programmes, both undergraduate and postgraduate.  The department also encompasses the study of Irish Traditional Music at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and Jazz at postgraduate level.   

The vibrancy of an orchestral department is measured not only by the quality of individual teaching but also in ensemble experience, and we make every effort to involve all students in ensemble playing at the appropriate level.  Ensembles include the Symphony Orchestra, Camerata, Sinfonia, Sinfonietta, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Prelude Winds, Irish Traditional Music Ensemble and Big Band.  Chamber Music is also encouraged at all levels, and the department is fortunate that this aspect of the programme is led by the internationally renowned RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet.

The Conservatory has developed a substantial instrument bank over the years.  These instruments are made available to talented students for limited periods of time.

In addition to individual and group lessons, students are entered for examinations and competitions, and are encouraged to perform in concerts both in-house and at prestigious venues such as the National Concert Hall.

Head of Department:  Kevin Hanafin
email: kevin.hanafin@dit.ie