Vocal, Opera and Drama Studies

Performances and Masterclasses


Students have benefitted from masterclasses with Dennis O Neill, Alison Browner, Donald Maxwell, Orla Boylan, Nuccia Focile, Robert Dean.  

Forthcoming events


The year’s events in the Vocal and Drama department will kick off with a performance of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde on 22 November in St Patrick’s Cathedral.  This will be performed by the DIT Junior Choir, accompanied by the DIT Sinfonietta.

December will be busy as we have four different events.  The third-year drama contemporary production this year will be a film project in which the students will devise material to create several short films.  This takes place 4–7 December in Rathmines with Vinny Murphy and Pete Mc Dermott as co-producers and co-directors.

On 5 and 6 December our Choral Society will perform Handel’s Messiah in two different venues:  St John the Baptist Church in Clontarf (5 December, 7.30pm) and Killaloe Cathedral, Co. Limerick (6 December, 7pm).  These performances will also feature soloists from the Vocal department and will be conducted by our young up-and-coming maestro, Killian Farrell, who is rapidly making a name for himself in the opera world here.   

The DIT Chamber Choir will be giving a festive Christmas concert on 6 December in the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall at 1.05pm.

Our final event before Christmas will be our annual Opera Scenes Concert which will take place in our Rathmines building on Tuesday December 10 at 6pm.  This concert will feature students from the Vocal department and will be directed by Jennifer Hamilton with Aoife O’Sullivan on piano.


2014 will see the Vocal department in the National Concert Hall on 23 January to present 'A Night at the Opera'.  This exciting concert will present vocal students in scenes from Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Puccini’s La Bohème.  The DIT Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Killian Farrell and the scenes will be directed once again by Jennifer Hamilton.  The performance takes place at 8pm.

Third year Drama students take the limelight next when from 26 February 26 – 1 March inclusive they will present John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath in the Project Arts Centre (preview performance on 25 February).  

The final event of the year will also be a Drama one.  This time the first years will take to the stage and present a production on 29 and 30 April and 1 May.

I hope you can join us for some of these very exciting projects throughout the year!

Recent events include:

DIT Chamber Choir:  Rachmaninov Vepsers, National Concert Hall, February 2013
DIT Choral Society/Percussion Ensemble:  Carmina Burana, National Concert Hall, October 2012
DIT Chamber Choir Concert, John Field Room, National Concert Hall, December 2012
DIT Opera Ensemble Class:  Opera Scenes, Rathmines, December 2012
DIT Choral Society Christmas Concert (oratorio/carols), Rathmines Parish Church, December 2012 
DIT Chamber Choir Spring concert, Peppercannister Church, May 2012