Orchestral Studies

Performances and Masterclasses


The following artists have given masterclasses at the Conservatory recently:

  • Alison Balsom (trumpet)
  • William Boustany (flute)
  • Evan Christopher (clarinet)
  • Marc Coppey (cello)
  • Larry Coryell (jazz)
  • Lizzie Davies (French horn)
  • Kenneth Edge (saxophone)
  • Gregory Ellis (violin)
  • Jean-Yves Fourmeau (saxophone)
  • Patricia George (flute)
  • Alice Giles (harp)
  • Paul Gregory (guitar)
  • Monica Huggett (baroque violin)
  • Catherine Leonard (violin)
  • Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)
  • Gerard McCrystel (saxophone)
  • Emer McDonagh (flute)
  • Ronald Mason (violin)
  • Matthias Mueller (clarinet)
  • Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet)
  • Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet
  • Anneke Scott (horn)
  • Julian Siegel (saxophone)
  • Andy Tweed (saxophone)
  • Sioned Williams (harp)


The Orchestral Department presents regular chamber music and ensemble concerts in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street and the National Concert Hall.  Recent highlights include:

  • The Spirit of Russia – Sacred and Profane, National Concert Hall
  • Carmina Burana/Scéalta na Samhna, National Concert Hall
  • The Legend of Monica Bonnie, National Concert Hall
  • DIT Ensembles All Together Now, National Concert Hall
  • A Night of Popular Classics and Big Band, National Concert Hall
  • Music Marathon, DIT Kevin Street


DIT Competitions take place in March and students are also prepared for external competitions, such as the Feis Ceoil.  

Professional Collaborations

The Orchestral Department has fostered professional collaborations with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Concorde, Contemporary Music Centre, Creative Connexions Festival, Galway Music Residency, Music Network, Music Generation, National Concert Hall, Royal Dublin Society Concert Series and Boyle Arts Festival.