Niall O Brien (Violin, Leaving and Junior Certificate Music ) has been teaching violin in Dublin for over twenty years, preparing prizewinners at local and national level. Having created and directed the Adult String Ensemble at Waltons New School of Music, Niall directed both youth orchestras at Leeson Park School of Music and successfully led both orchestras on international engagements to London and Milan. As tutor, Niall has also coached with Dublin Youth Orchestras, Waterford Institute of Technology, and been engaged as guest instructor at Clare Music Makers with international violinist Angelo Calcafuoco.
While employed as Director of Newpark Music Centre, Niall created the Adult Orchestra and Summer Rock School and currently as Local and Area Representative of Trinity College Music Examinations (London) is engaged with all aspects of managing examination entries for the Dublin and east coast region.
With honours degrees in Classical Music and Jazz Performance and having toured with Bluegrass/Country and Popular bands/musicians, Niall has a wide range of interests musically.
Hanna-Mari Oinonen Marshall (Flute) holds a Bachelor of Music degree, teaching diploma and post-graduate diploma in Performance from the faculty of music Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She also studied at the Cork School of Music and worked as a Flute player and Flute teacher at several music schools in Cork. In Finland, she was engaged as a Flute teacher in several schools of music, teaching students of all ages and levels. She also performed regularly with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra for recordings and concerts. Hanna-Mari has performed with orchestras, given solo recitals, and played chamber music with several ensembles in Finland and wider afield. She currently works as a Flute teacher and freelance musician in Dublin, Ireland.
Brian Bolger (Guitar) studied Guitar at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama and graduated with a first-class honours degree in 2004. Brian is artistic director/performer with the Dublin Guitar Quartet (DGQ) and notable engagements with this group includes an album release on composer Philip Glass' own record label in 2014, and a four-night run of a commission by Michael Gordon at the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) in 2016.
Brian has undertaken seven tours of the US with the DGQ, performing at many leading venues including the Lincoln Centre NYC, Rockefeller Centre NYC, Celebrity Series of Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art, the Orlando Museum of Art and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Brian also plays electric guitar with Ireland's leading new music group, the Crash Ensemble.
Brian has extensive teaching experience, adapting to a wide range of styles and demands. Previous pupils have performed at Feis Ceoil competitions and successfully auditioned for full time studies at DIT Conservatory of Music and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Brian also prepares pupils for external Guitar examinations with Trinity College (London) amongst other examinating bodies.
Colin Power (Rock Guitar, Music Technology) has been an active professional musician and guitarist for the last ten years and in that time has appeared as a session musician on RTE while touring nationally and internationally with various rock bands. Colin's performance experience extends to theatrical productions, festivals and recordings and he has been a regular performer at Electric Picnic. Having gained an Honours BA in Commercial Modern Music from the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM), Colin has further validated his range of skills and competencies by completing a Master of Arts from Trinity College Dublin in Music and Media Technologies. Colin has extensive experience in preparing students for Rock and Pop examinations and tutoring in group format.
Hugh O Byrne (Drum Kit and Percussion) has been teaching and playing music professionally for over twenty years. He studied percussion in DIT Conservatory of Music and later went on to complete his teaching diploma in Drum Kit and Orchestral Percussion with Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). As a Kit player, Hugh has performed with a wide variety of groups and ensembles covering styles from Latin, Jazz, Soul, African, Pop and Rock. He also works regularly in Music Theatre and has toured internationally as a percussionist with the Dance Theatre of Ireland.
Thomas Charles Marshall (Piano) is from Portlaoise. He was educated at St Finian's College, Mullingar, studying piano with Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin and organ with Shane Brennan. He read music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge studying organ with Peter Hurford. From 1994 to 2008 he lived in Japan learning Japanese music particularly the Japanese lute known as the Satsumabiwa. He returned to Ireland in 2008 and took a Masters in Music Performance at the RIAM, studying organ with David Adams. Since 2009, he has been Organist and Director of Music at St Ann's Church, Dawson St. in the centre of Dublin. He is also Director of the Dublin Male Voice Choir. Charles teaches piano and organ throughout Dublin and the Midlands.
Anna Melescik (Piano) is originally from Belarus and has been living in Dublin since 2017. Anna commenced her piano lessons at the age of 7 and took singing lessons and musicianship classes to compliment her range of experience and knowledge. Having completed music college where she studied composition and conducting, Anna started teaching solfeggio, music history, piano and accompanying, preparing many pupils for internal and external examinations. Anna is a member of the Kodaly Society of Ireland and has a special interest in teaching young children using the principals most associated with Kodaly and drawing from her experience of singing in choirs when she was younger.
Áine Gell (Piano, Voice, Pre-instrumental) has been teaching in South Dublin Music since 2018. She has a keen interest in Early Years Music Education. Having completed her BA TSM Degree in Music and Modern Irish at Trinity College Dublin, she travelled to Kecskemét to pursue postgraduate studies at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Hungary. It was here that she specialised her skills in Music Pedagogy through the Kodály Concept and in Choral Conducting.Alongside her work with South Dublin Music, Áine also facilitates Early Years Music and Vocal Programmes in Primary Schools for Music Generation South Dublin. She also teaches Musicianship and conducts the Children’s Choir at Leeson Park School of Music, Rathmines. In addition to teaching, Áine volunteers as PRO of Kodály Society of Ireland, helping to facilitate annual Kodály Concept Workshops for teachers and sings with the mixed voice chamber choir, New Dublin Voices. This year she will be taking part in the Female Conductors Programme 2019/20 run by the National Concert Hall.
Agnieszka Bialek (Piano, Flute) has been teaching for the past 9 years in Austria, Poland and Ireland, working with both children and adults. She graduated with a master degree with first-class honours from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Having studied Instrumental and Vocal Music Education while taking the flute as her main instrument, she also studied Composition and Music Theory (diploma) with the piano as her main instrument, and specialized additionally in Chamber Music, Conducting, and Inclusive Music Education
Rachel Nolan (Flute, Pre-Instrumental Music) began studying at Leeson Park School of Music in Rathmines with Grainne de Hora and is in the process of completing her Bachelor of Music Education at Trinity College Dublin. Rachel's performance experience extends to membership of the National Youth Orchestra and Dublin Youth Orchestras and she is a former prize winner in both solo and chamber competition at the Feis Ceoil, Wesley and Newpark Music Festivals. As a pupil of Ríona O'Duinnín at the Royal Irish Academy of Music Rachel is balancing performance commitments with teaching and professional engagements.