Virtual Youth Choir Summer Project

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A fantastic opportunity for singers age 13-18 to develop their choral skills and work collaboratively on an ambitious Summer Project

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The RIAM Virtual Youth Choir Summer Project invites singers age 13-18 to spend a week honing their choral singing and musicianship skills and learning about healthy vocal technique as they receive online coaching from DYC Founder Lynsey Callaghan and work on a collaborative social-distance singing project.

Students will take part in a wide range talks and workshops, from conducting and musicianship skills, to vocal masterclasses. This year’s course focuses on repertoire by women composers and will explore A Fancy of Folksongs by Cecilia McDowall and Cantate Domino by Laura Sheils, among other pieces.

There are solo opportunities for every voice part and selected soloists will get to take part in a masterclass with RIAM Vocal faculty member Sylvia O'Regan, working with her to put the finishing touches on their solo before the final recording.

This is an exciting, and hugely ambitious project, and will give young people who love to sing the chance to accomplish something truly extraordinary this Summer.

Leaning Objectives

  • To explore a range of repertoire by women composers
  • To focus on two works: A Fancy of Folksongs by Cecilia McDowall and Cantate Domino by Laura Sheils
  • To develop singers’ musical competencies through a deep exploration of the repertoire
  • To participate in an ambitious remote recording project


“The RIAM Summer course exceeded my expectations. Not only did it allow me to keep up with singing during lockdown, but it also provided me with life-changing vocal advice, one-on-one vocal tuition with a professional tutor, and a whole week of fun music learning. The staff were engaging and encouraging. I will be back!”

"This summer course was so much fun! Not only did I learn to sing the music, but I learned to analyse and conduct the music too. I have continued to use all of the musicianship skills I learned on the course. Lynsey was very motivating and encouraging, she made a challenging piece of music easy to learn. I would highly recommend this course!"

About Lynsey Callaghan

Lynsey Callaghan is Head of Programmes and Research at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is the founder of Dublin Youth Choir and Artistic Director of the Belfast Philharmonic Youth and Chamber Choirs. She has also worked with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Irish Youth Choir, Ulster Youth Choir, and Youth Choir Kenya.


  • Ability: No previous experience require, though it will be helpful
  • Age: 13-18
  • Tech: A laptop, tablet or Phone with good internet connection and the ability to record video and audio
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