DIRECTOR OF THE CHOIR
- Gráinne Gormley
Gráinne Gormley is a native of Dublin and holds degrees in music from University College, Dublin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has held a variety of teaching positions, including Visiting Lecturer in the Humanities at Deep Springs, an all-male college in California, and Modular Teaching Fellow in the Department of Music, UCD. In 1993, Gráinne was appointed conductor of the choir of St. Teresa’s and also became the first female conductor of the University of Dublin Choral Society, a position she held for six years. Other conducting positions held include the UCD College Choir (1994-2001), Dublin Youth Orchestra (1993-1998) and Tallaght Choral Society (1996-2001). She has also worked on various projects for RTE, as music associate on radio and television broadcasts and as choral director on several programmes for Theatre Nights and the Gay Byrne Show. She has taught courses in choral conducting at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, directed workshops for choral groups and adjudicated at music festivals.
Gráinne is married to novelist, Curtis Adler and they have two children, Hugh and Ella.
ORGANIST AND DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
- Ronan McDonagh
Ronan McDonagh has held this position at St Teresa’s since 1990. His organ studies began as a scholarship student at the Schola Cantorum at St Finian’s College, Mullingar, and continued with Professor Gerard Gillen at Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. He has won major organ competitions at the Dublin Feis Ceoil and holds the Performance Litentiate of Trinity College, London. He has obtained both an honours Bachelor of Music degree from UCD and a Masters Degree in the Performance and Interpretation of Organ Music from NUI Maynooth. He also teaches Liturgical Music Composition at the latter.
In recent years he has become widely known as one of Ireland’s foremost composers of liturgical music. His compositions include instrumental music, Mass settings, unison hymns and psalms, homophonic and polyphonic pieces for equal and mixed voices, and challenging contemporary motets for advanced choirs.
Many of his compositions have been published in Ireland by Veritas and Carmelite Publications, while GIA (Gregorian Institute of America) are presently publishing some of his choral works in the United States.