Orchestral Studies

Instrumental Ensembles

The Department of Orchestral Studies has no fewer than ten ensembles, catering for players of all abilities:

DIT Play Strings
DIT Prelude Strings
DIT Sinfonietta
DIT Prelude Winds
DIT Concert Band
DIT Sinfonia
DIT Wind Ensemble
DIT Symphony Orchestra
DIT Camerata
DIT Jazz Ensemble
DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble
DIT Early Music Ensemble

DIT Sinfonietta  

The DIT Sinfonietta is a young innovative string orchestra whose repertoire ranges from popular classical favourites to Broadway shows and West End musicals. The orchestra performs regularly in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street and in the annual 'DIT Ensembles All Together Now' Concerts in the National Concert Hall.  

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DIT Prelude Winds

The young musicians in DIT Prelude Winds range from students who have just started playing in September to students Grade 4 standard, ensuring that students are involved from a very young age in an ensemble environment.  Conducted by Ronan Grant, the Prelude Winds ensemgble presents two concerts a year in DIT Kevin Street and the National Concert Hall.

DIT Concert Band

The DIT Concert Band is an intermediate wind ensemble providing a link between the Prelude Winds and the Wind Ensemble.  The musicians are wind, brass and percussion students of approximately Grade 5 to Grade 8 standard.  The objectives of the ensemble are to provide essential performing skills, including instrumental development, team work and building individual self confidence.  Through rehearsals and performances the ensemble explores contemporary wind ensemble repertoire together with a broad range of film, pop and show repertoire.   

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DIT Wind Ensemble

The DIT Wind Ensemble was founded to perform challenging contemporary and popular wind ensemble repertoire.  The ensemble musicians comprise of part-time and third-level students, together with students from other colleges within DIT.  The ensemble performs regularly in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street and the National Concert Hall.  Conducted by Kevin Hanafin, the ensemble rehearses every Wednesday evenings at its rehearsal facility in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street.    

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DIT Sinfonia

The DIT Sinfonia, conducted by David O’Doherty, focuses on string orchestral training and will prepare the string orchestral parts for the DIT Symphony Orchestra concerts, as well as concert repertoire for string ensemble with wind/brass/percussion as required.  The repertoire is specifically chosen to be both appealing and familiar to the players while at the same being of an appropriate difficulty.  This allows the students to concentrate on the principal techniques of orchestral string playing such as articulation intonation and 'ensemble listening'.   

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DIT Camerata

DIT Camerata is a chamber orchestra of undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced part-time string players, conducted by Keith Pascoe.  The ensemble focuses on string ensemble repertoire, from Handel to contemporary works.  In 2013, Camerata performed Paul Alday’s Symphony for Full Orchestra in its first performance since the early nineteenth century.

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DIT Symphony Orchestra 

The DIT Symphony Orchestra is the Conservatory’s most senior orchestra and consists of third-level and advanced second-level students.  The orchestra presents regular concerts in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street and the National Concert Hall.  The orchestra’s repertoire includes the major symphonic repertoire and opera, as well as music for film and musical theatre.  Recent highlights include a National Concert Hall performance of the film music of Nina Rota as part of the Jamieson International Film Festival, A Night of American Music also at the National Concert Hall, and performances of major symphonic works, such as Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Shostakovich's Symphony no. 10.  The orchestra regularly collaborates with colleagues in the Vocal, Opera and Drama Department in opera productions and with composition students in the rehearsal and performance of contemporary works for orchestra.  Each year, the orchestra presents concerto performances with outstanding Conservatory students.  

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DIT Jazz Ensemble

DIT Jazz Ensemble, directed by guitarist Mike Nielsen since 2008, features students from the Master of Music in Jazz programme.  The Band's diverse repertoire includes favourites by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Kenny Wheeler and Pat Metheny.

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DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble

DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble, directed by Odhrán Ó Casaide and Kieran Hanrahan, comprises full-time undergraduate and postgraduate Conservatory students of Irish traditional music.  The ensemble, which combines both instrumental and vocal music, was originally modelled on the pioneering work of Seán O Riada and Ceoltóirí Cualainn.  Since its inauguration, the ensemble has forged its own unique sound and style drawing on the rich musical environment that surrounds it.  The ensemble is fortunate in that it features some of the finest young musical talent in Ireland today.  This talent is nurtured and developed in an innovative and challenging way, resulting in musical performances and recordings which are at the forefront of the musical tradition today.  Recent highlights include performances on RTÉ Radio 1’s Céilí House and tours of Louvain, Belgium and Savannah, Georgia, USA.  The group has also recorded two successful albums, Simple Philosophers and Flow my Tears, the latter in collaboration with the DIT Early Music Ensemble.

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DIT Early Music Ensemble

The DIT Early Music Ensemble is open to all DIT students and performs on modern instruments as well as on period instruments owned by the Conservatory, such as recorder, baroque violin, gamba, baroque guitar, archlute, harpsichord and fortepiano.  The Early Music Co-ordinator is Laoise O'Brien.  

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