Music at Kilkenny College
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato
Kilkenny College Music Department is one of the finest second level departments in the country. It offers a wide range of instrumental and vocal tuition from classical and traditional to jazz and rock, catering for all musical styles, interests and abilities. It boasts some of Ireland’s finest performers and teachers as staff members. Students are prepared for curriculum practicals, competitions, school performances, and Royal Irish Academy of Music and Associated Board practical examinations. The College is a dedicated centre for Royal Irish Academy examinations.
Kilkenny College has strong musical connections with St. Canice’s Cathedral, both of which promote the living Anglican choral tradition.The department boasts four choirs, an orchestra, a jazz band, a ukulele and recorder ensemble and an Irish traditional group.
Bartosz Thiede- Choral Conductor, Organ, Piano and Vocal Tutor
Roisin O’Grady- Music Co-Ordinator, Vocal Tutor
Nicola Harding- Head of Academic Music, Vocal Tutor
Annemarie Kavanagh- Department Music Teacher, Grupa Ceoil and Ukulele Director, piano, vocal tutor
Eamon Cahill- Jazz Band Director, Woodwind/Brass Tutor
Carl Rochford- Orchestra Conductor, Strings, Piano Tutor
Lydia McCann- Piano Tutor
Yvonne Collier- Piano Tutor
Cora Newman- Vocal and Piano Tutor
Lisa Hennessy- Guitar Tutor
Ashley Sheehan- Guitar Tutor
Jeremy Hickey- Percussion Tutor
Senior choir; Monday 6-7pm
Junior choir; Tuesday 4-5pm
Chamber Choir; Tuesday 6-7pm
Pop choir; Friday 3.45-4.30pm
Orchestra; Thursday 6.15-7.30pm
Jazz Band; Tuesday, lunchtime
Grupa Ceoil; Monday, lunchtime
Recorder Ensemble; Tuesday, lunchtime
Sight-Singing Classes; Tuesday, 5-6pm.
Lunchtime Recital Series; 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month.
For queries about music lessons, please contact Roisin O’Grady at