Role Tutor (Voice / Guitar)
Available Tues, South Terrace
Genres Pop / Country / Music Theatre / Classical
Student Type Professionals / Adults / Under-graduate Students
Angela Ryan is from Bandon, West Cork. She holds a B-Mus Hons degree from CIT Cork School of Music where she majored in Vocal Performance under the direction of Bobby Beare and Helen Hassett.
Angela is a highly motivated and energetic character. Her passion for performing has taken her from West Cork to literally the 4 corners of the world.
She has spent 11 years working at sea for 'Princess Cruises', one of the largest cruise companies in the world. Working full time at sea from 2006-2012 she gigged nightly with her own band, 7 days a week for periods of up to 6 months at a time. Since returning to live in Ireland in 2012 she is now fortunate to be able to cruise every summer for a 2 month period. Her love of performing and travel make cruising a perfect summer combination.
Angela's onstage experience is invaluable to her students as she passes on not only vocal technique but performance stamina related tips and also vital industry knowledge.
Angela is an avid performer and runs her own wedding band RubyJude (www.rubyjudeband.com). She is also a very popular wedding ceremony singer (www.angelaryamusic.com)
She is a popular session singer and has worked with bands such as The Papa Zitas, Blue Fusion, The Magnetics, Arkadia and Radio Star.
She has provided backing vocals on several projects such as the Unlpugged.ie 'Eric Clapton' tour 2016, Jamie Stantons album Flying High.
Angela's role in Voiceworks has evolved since she joined the team in 2012. Alongside the 1 to 1 coaching of adults and professional singers, she now also manages the Cork and Bandon studios and runs an adult Performers Workshop.
Outside of performing, Angela has continued to have a keen interest in the greater benefits that music has to offer the wider community. She has worked with 2 community choirs that facilitate people living with dementia. In 2016 she received an award from Nursing Homes Ireland for her choir at 'Oaklodge Nursing Home' Cloyne.
She currently facilitates a local community church choir near Bandon.
Since joining the Voiceworks team Angela has continued to study contemporary vocal singing and has attended workshops with renound vocal coaches Kim Chandler, Jenevora Williams, Chris Johnson, Steve Giles, Natalie Weiss and most recently completed the intensive B.A.S.T course under the direction of Ian Davidson. Her interest in vocal science and vocal health & habilitation is an ongoing journey and one that she is passionate about sharing with her students.
As an artist she is currently working on her own original material for the first time and is planning to record with colleagues in Bulgaria in Feb 2018.
Role: Tutor (Voice)
Available Wed, Thurs - South Terrace
Genres Music Theatre / Pop / Classical
Student Type Teens / Kids / Professionals / Adults / Under-graduate Students
Sarah is a graduate of UCC, obtaining a Master’s degree in Drama and Theatre, BMus and BA in Music and English. As a professional singer, she toured the US, Canada and Australia with Celtic Woman.
She has featured in musicals and pantomimes at Cork Opera House and the Everyman Palace and sang in various opera productions, including a tour of France with Co-opera Ireland’s Madama Butterfly.
She is a popular vocalist for wedding ceremonies in the Munster area and has worked as a guest vocalist with Cork-based wedding bands.
Recording credits include Tommy Fleming’s DVD, The Journey Home and as a member of the female chamber choir, Seraphim, on 12 Songs for Sonya and Seraphim Live at the Diseart. With Seraphim, Sarah toured Japan and sang with The Celtic Tenors and Rebecca Storm.
Sarah also worked as an actress in TV productions and short films. She completed piano and singing exams with Royal Irish Academy of Music and Victoria College, London and acting exams with LAMDA.
She has previously worked as a drama and dance teacher, choreographer and MD. Sarah won multiple prizes at Feis Maitiu for musical theatre and drama. Her solo EP One and the Same is available on iTunes.
Role: Tutor (Voice, Piano)
Available: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri - South Terrace
Genres: Classical / Music Theatre / Jazz / Pop
Student Type: Adults / Professionals / Teens
Lorna Moore - MA BMUS LRSL LLCM ALCM BAST
Lorna Moore is a graduate of the CIT Cork school of Music where she specialised in piano performance/accompaniment and pedagogy under the direction of Sabine Ducrot, Eleanor Malone and Niall O Luasa. Originally from Co. Limerick, Lorna studied under the direction of Stuart O'Sullivan in the Limerick School of Music and was awarded a bursary for her outstanding achievements in the senior category of Feile Luimní in 2008 and went on to receive numerous prizes for her participation in other prestigious competitions at Feis Ceoil and Feis Maitiu.
Most recently Lorna was awarded an LRSL Teaching Diploma Certificate from Rockschool and a BAST (Be a Singing Teacher) certificate. As well as her qualifications in piano and teaching, Lorna is passionate about singing having completed her Classical and Contemporary singing grades, LLCM and ALCM diplomas with distinction under the careful guidance of Marian Crowley at the CIT Cork School of Music and Gemma Sugrue at Voiceworks Studios.
In 2015 Lorna joined the Cork Operatic Society and performed in Verdi’s La Traviata and Lehar’s Merry Widow in their Summer Opera Programme at the Cork Opera House. In 2013, Lorna received the title of 'highest placed singer' in the CIT CSM Advanced Senior Recital competition. Following this, she collaborated with composer C.S.L Parker for a number of recording sessions and sang one of his original compositions written for the 1916 commemoration year. Lorna is involved in a variety of Cork based vocal ensembles singing Tenor in the Barbershop Quartet Guys & Dolls who recently were awarded first place at the Irish Barbershop Association (IABS - Oct 2016) and third place in the Spanish Association of Barbershop Convention (SABS) International Competition in April 2017. Following this achievement the group performed to a sold-out audience in the Triskel Christchurch Arts Centre as part of the Fringe Festival for this years Cork Choral Festival and are regularly played on Cork’s 96fm. In February of this year Lorna received an ecstatic ‘four yeses’ from the judges on Britain’s Got Talent playing piano with the CUH Scrubs Workplace Choir. Lorna has held position as musical director for Rose of Tralee selections for the past three years in both Limerick and Cork.
Lorna has also sung with numerous choirs such as Gold medalists CIT CSM Chamber Choir, Anchor, Voci Nuove and with renowned Cork-based chamber choir Madrigal '75. She is conductor of the award-winning Douglas Harmonia Singers who were recently awarded second place in the Female category at this year’s Cork Choral Festival and the Cork County Hall Choir.
Lorna is a popular wedding vocalist/accompanist in the Munster area and performs with the Cadenza Wedding Trio, The Pearly Whites Function Band and other Limerick and Cork performers. Lorna currently teaches piano and singing at Voiceworks Studios, Cork and the Lee Valley Academy, Macroom.
Lorna is a passionate educator and looks forward to seeing her students develop and grow in their musical accomplishments.
Role: Tutor (Voice / Piano)
Available: Wed, Fri, Sat - South Terrace
Genres: Pop / Music Theatre / Classical
Student Type: Teens / Kids / Adults
Nikki is currently studying in her fourth year of the BMus degree in the CIT Cork School of Music. Her principal study is jazz vocals with her teacher Laoise O'Hanlon. She also enjoys playing the viola, completing her grade 8 in 2012 and performing with two orchestras, CYO and CSMSO. In 2011 she took part in a concert tour in Italy with the Cork Youth Orchestra under the baton of Tomas McCarthy.
She has performed in various venues in Cork City including dates in the Cork Jazz Weekend. Her most recent performances were as a support act for Irish tenor Finbar Wright in four concerts in Limerick, Waterford, Dublin and the Cork Opera House stage. She continues to perform with the CSM Jazz Big Band and has recorded with upcoming Cork composer Barry Wilson. She hopes to finish her degree and pursue a performance masters.
Nikki is thrilled to be a part of such a positive, professional and fun team in Voiceworks and is excited to encourage and nurture Cork's upcoming talents!
Role: Tutor (Voice)
Available Tues, Wed - South Terrace
Genres Music Theatre / Pop / Classical
Student Type Kids / Teens / Adults
Jean holds an MA in music performance from CIT/Cork School of Music and is also a graduate from UCC with a BMus music degree.
Jean has previously studied singing under Robert Beare, Mary Daly, Helen Hassett & Mary Hegarty. Jean is an accomplished singing teacher with many years experience working in other leading performing arts schools here in Cork.
Jean has studied dance with Cork Arts Studio, drama with CADA Performing Arts, she completed a summer course in musical theatre at Laine Arts in London and has received qualifications in all three disciplines; singing, dance and drama. Jean has gained much experience performing, from a young age and has performed in many theatrical & concert performances over the years including musicals and pantomimes at the Cork Opera House and Everyman theatre.
She has also performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and at many festivals throughout the country. Jean was a finalist on the RTE talent show You're A Star in 2004 and has performed many times live on national television and toured Ireland gigging with fellow singers from the TV show.
She has supported Brian McFadden at Live at the Marquee and has released three singles to date with her debut "Walkaway" entering the top ten in the Irish charts in 2005. Jean has gigged with many bands over the years and performs regularly for weddings and church/civil ceremonies.
Jean is delighted to be on staff with Voiceworks Studios and looks forward to coaching and nurturing her students!
Role: Tutor (Voice)
Available Fri, Sat - South Terrace
Genres Pop / Jazz / Soul / Music Theatre
Student Type Kids / Teens / Adults / Students with learning difficulties
Jessica holds a BA Voice & Dance from UL’s Irish World Academy with a major in voice. She came to Voiceworks Studio on a four month work placement from UL but proved to be such an assest she was offered a teaching position. Also, she has recently begun work with St. Marys School in Limerick under Kathleen Turner, teaching all age groups song and supports Kathleen in the after school Choir.
Jessica has a background in musical theatre and choral ensemble studies and she received a full scholarship in 2006 to attend CADA Performing Arts where she focused on performance under director, Catherine Mahon Buckley and her wonderful team. She was involved in many musicals such as the irish premier of Back to the 80s and Westside Story where she played the role of Anita. In her final year at CADA Jessica received “Pupil of the year” Having received the Highest LAMDA Examination results in the School.
She is the Cantor of Our Lady Crowned Church and has held the position for the last 5 years and sings with the 12 O’ Clock choir at the church and has been a member for the last 13 years. Jessica studies performance studies and somatic’s and has strong interest in the field. Jessica excels at teaching young children and developed these skills while working with children as a summer camp counsellor at “Nah Jee Wah” in the US and led the camp’s musical events such as Shabbat & all camp singsongs. She had also worked with children in Nicaragua with Mayfield Community Arts group.
Jessica looks forward to seeing her students every week and is delighted to be a part of such a positive and progressive team at Voiceworks Studio.
Role: Tutor (Voice /Senior Performers Workshop)
Available: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, South Terrace
Genres: Pop / Jazz / Soul / Rock / Songwriting / Music Theory
Having studied at both UCC and Cork School of Music, Kala holds a First Class Honours BA Degree in Popular Music majoring in voice. Throughout her education, she has excelled in many peripheral areas including Songwriting, Arranging, Musicianship, Performance and Musical Direction. She had the privilege of acquiring vocal training under numerous celebrated vocal coaches including Gemma Sugrue, Laoise O’Hanlon, Aine Whelan, Ian Shaw and Trish Rooney.
During her time in college, she acquired an in depth understanding of the music industry working with respected musical directors such as David Hayes (Voice of Ireland) and song writing maestro Chris Ahern. While some modules began as electives for Kala, modules like songwriting and arranging have grown wings of their own. She is currently working on her debut EP written, arranged and produced by herself which incorporates an impressive palette of musical influences and styles from folk to jazz, with echos of sean nós and rock making Kala one of the most versatile singers in Cork.
With over 10 years of experience performing in numerous outfits including folk duos, jazz quartets and pop/funk bands from around the country, she has built up an invaluable knowledge of live music performance. Kala can been seen regularly fronting live bands around the city and county that boast some of the most sought after musicians in Munster. Through this, she has crafted a unique stage presence and continues to captivate audiences each week at local venues such as The Oliver Plunkett and The Crane Lane Theatre. Commanding her eclectic blend of musical influences with ease, she is always looking for more ways to develop her skills and versatility as vocalist, performer, songwriter and all round musician.
Renowned for her unparalleled professionalism and bubbly demeanor, Kala displays a mature and creative attitude towards each task she undertakes and with classes tailored towards student’s musical tastes, she posses the ability to bring out the student’s individuality and creativity which in turn, helps her students develop their technique range with confidence and ease.
Role: Tutor (Voice)
Available: Mon, Wed - South Terrace
Genres: Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz/Swing and Pop.
Student Type: All Ages
Described as “a remarkable stage presence” (Jo Kerrigan, Irish Examiner) and “a sweet tenor” (Donal O’Riordan, Sunday Business Post), Ryan Morgan has been delighting audiences throughout Ireland with his thrilling voice and engaging performances. Born in Wales, but now living in Cork, Ryan was brought up in the rich musical culture of South Wales, and was involved in several major choirs in his teens, touring Canada and America, and singing at the Royal Albert Hall.
After completing a Ph.D. in law and a career as a law lecturer, Ryan became a professional singer in 2008. Since then he has studied with Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and is currently completing a Masters in Music degree in the Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT, under Stephen Wallace. He has sung as a soloist at numerous high-profile venues in Ireland, including the National Concert Hall, Thomond Park, Dublin Castle, Cork City Hall, Ulster Hall, Kilruddery House, Dromoland Castle, etc. He has performed for the President of Ireland, Ministers of State, Ambassadors, the inaugural voyages of cruise ships and a variety of Arts Festivals.
In 2014 alone he had a role in the award-winning and 5-star reviewed “Der Vampyr” at the Everyman Palace Theatre, appeared as the principal Danilo in “The Merry Widow” at the National Concert Hall, performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Stainer’s Crucifixion, was a guest entertainer for Saga Cruises, and appeared in numerous concerts including Cork City Hall, Kilkenny Castle, and the Everyman Palace Theatre.
He is equally as comfortable singing with an orchestra, piano, instrumental combo or backing tracks, and he has extensive experience with all these musical forms.
Role: Tutor (Vocal/Piano)
Available: Wed - Mercy Holy Cross, Killarney
Genres: Classical, Pop/Contemporary
Student Type: Kids/Teens/Adults
Claire is a native from Tralee Co. Kerry. Claire graduated from the CIT Cork School of Music in 2010 with an Honours Degree in Music. She then went on to graduate in 2012 with a MA in Vocal Performance, strengthening her voice training and art further. During her time in CSM Claire had the pleasure of studying under Cork's finest vocal tutors - Rob Craig and Mary Mac Sweeney. She was a member of many performance groups in the college some of which included the CSM Opera Studio, CSM Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Musical Theatre Ensemble.
Claire is a vocal prize winner of Cork's prestigious Feis Matiu competition, receiving prizes for Oratorio, Opera Scenes and Early Music Categories. She has performed in many venues in Cork such as the Triskel Christchurch, Everyman Palace Theatre, Crawford Gallery, Curtis Auditorium CSM and Cork City Hall. In 2013, Claire made her concert début at the National Concert Hall in Dublin where she presented a duet concert 'Pleasures of their Company' with Ireland's finest classical guitarist Jerry Creedon. Claire is also an accomplished wedding singer, who performs regularly at church and civil ceremonies in the Munster area.
Most recently, Claire received a Masters of Arts in Music Therapy from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick. Along with working as a music therapist and performer, Claire is a devoted vocal coach to children and teens in Primary School and Stage School settings in Munster. Claire is thrilled to be joining the Voiceworks team in Killarney. In lessons, Claire aims to provide students with a relaxed and positive environment in which they can grow and flourish as they develop their individual voice.
Role: Tutor (Voice / Piano)
Available: Mon, Tues, Fri - South Terrace | Thurs - Bandon
Genres: Pop, Soul, Jazz, Music Theatre & Songwriting
Student Type: Kids/ Teens / Adult Beginners
Coming from a family of professional musicians, the value of music has been instilled in Darragh from a very young age. This has led him to pursue his own career in music, thus influencing his choices in third-level education and driving him to complete the Rockschool® internationally recognised graded music qualifications in both piano and vocals.
His natural talent and proficiency as a keyboard player, vocalist and songwriter meant Jericho – the funk/soul outfit with which Darragh toured and recorded his original material – was soon sharing a stage with likes of Fun Lovin’ Criminals and The Rubberbandits. He has performed with the likes of Karen Underwood, The Niall McCabe Band, Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley and Ireland’s quickest rising recording artist, Stephanie Rainey. Subsequent work recording or touring with famous Irish acts such as Finbar Furey, Paul Moore (Van Morrison) and Brian Deady afforded Darragh the opportunity to support international legends Nile Rogers and Billy Ocean, as well as being invited to feature on national television shows such as The Late Late Show and in radio spots on the shows of personalities Derek Mooney and Neil Prendeville among others. In combination with this, Darragh often works alongside Lawrence White of Lawrence White Audio, co-owner of the successful WoodStreet Studios in the centre of Cork City. There, Darragh currently acts as a musician, arranger, musical director and producer/executive producer for many local artists. Soon to be released from Wood Street studios this year will be rising internet sensation Cian Ducrot’s first E.P,Voice of Ireland finalist Jamie Stanton’s rock album ‘Flying Colours’ and an record titled “Wierdos and Bears”by HardyBucks star Kate Lawless.
Darragh has become a sought-after session musician and producer, well-known for his professionalism, talent and creativity within Ireland’s music community. For this reason, following much performance work with directors of Voiceworks Studio Gemma Sugrue and Laoise O’Hanlon, Darragh joined the Voiceworks Studio team as an accompanist for their students. It was at this time that his enthusiasm and skill as a mentor came to light, eventually resulting in the development of a creative songwriting workshop for Voiceworks students.
In his work with Voiceworks Studio students, Darragh likes to keep the emphasis on fun and creativity, allowing the students to find their own musical intelligence. The significance of breath control, improvisation and aural awareness are strongly emphasised, as well as just being yourself! With these areas covered in his work at Voiceworks, Darragh aims to provide his students a strong foundation based on both technical exercises and creative expression.
Role: Tutor (Guitar/Piano)
Available: Mon - South Terrace
Student Type: Kids/Teens/Adults
A native of Cork and professional musician for over ten years, Patrick holds a First Class Honours BA in Popular Music (majoring in guitar) from Cork School of Music and also graduated with distinction from Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa's Music, Performance and Production Higher National Diploma program.
Deeply passionate about the roles that the guitar and voice have to play in the composition, arrangement and performance of original material, Patrick's career to date as a frontman and session guitarist has seen him play to thousands during regular visits to Ireland's most hallowed arenas such as Cork Opera House, The Olympia Theatre, Whelan's, Roisin Dubh and Dolan's; sharing stages with luminaries from a range of genres including Cory Henry, Walking On Cars, Ham Sandwich, Fight Like Apes and The Frank and Walters.
Equally at home in the realms of pop, rock, funk, folk or jazz fusion, Patrick's most recent work has been with Papertrail, White Boys, Ian O'Doherty, The Incredibles and Manicure; the shows he plays with these disparate groups ranging from festival slots at Electric Picnic or Indiependence to instrumental modern jazz wigouts in theatre venues to wedding receptions for presidential nominees!
Closer to home, Patrick has in recent years used formal education to further hone his abilities as a songwriter, pianist, orchestral arranger and producer, working in close conjunction with renowned musicians and educators such as Chris Ahern, Johnny Scott, Karl Rooney and Cormac McCarthy. These experiences have solidified a longheld belief that a deeper technical understanding of music can only ever improve one's ability to emotionally fulfill both oneself and one's audience an outlook he is keen to share and develop with anyone who'll listen!
Role: Tues, Thurs - Cork | Wed - Bandon
Genres: Pop/Soul/Music Theatre
Student Type: Kids/Teens/Adults
Dee is a highly motivated, energetic and friendly musician. As a teacher, her main goal is to help adults, teens and children build confidence in their abilities and if they wish to do so, perform on stage.
Dee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music from CIT Cork School of Music. During her time at the CSM, she gained invaluable experience in Performing, Orchestral and Jazz Arranging, Songwriting and Musical Direction. In her final year she successfully organised a self-titled Jazz/Soul gig with 17 other musicians.
Dee has completed various graded exams in piano with The Royal Irish Academy. Recently, she was awarded a Performance Diploma certificate in Vocals from RockSchool and is currently studying for her ALCM exam.
Last June, Dee completed a five day intensive vocal training course with BAST (Be A Singing Teacher) under the careful guidance of Ian Davidson.
Dee has worked in the music industry for six years, performing as a soloist at fine dining locations, church weddings, receptions as well as part of various cover bands.
This year at Voiceworks, Dee is tutoring individual vocal and piano lessons, teen and adult musicianship, Girlband (Teens) and Indie Choir (Adults). She looks forward to taking on new students and helping them progress their love of music, similar to her own journey.
Emily Firth Dwyer
Role: Tutor (Voice)
Available: Tuesdays, Bandon
Music Type: Music Theatre/Pop
Student Type: Kids/Teen/Adults
Emily Firth Dwyer is an American actor and singer who has recently moved to Cork from New York City. She studied Musical Theatre from Webster University's Conservatory of Fine Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and was awarded distinguished Department Honours from Leigh Gerdine Conservatory of Fine Arts. She then spent 12 years in New York working as not only an actor, but a personal acting coach and voice teacher.
She has had the pleasure of working with companies like The Flea Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, Downtown Dance Factory, Songful Artists, The Wrekio Ensemble, Timber Lake Playhouse, and 5 tours with Theatreworks USA. In addition to performance, she has had the great privilege of working as the Acting Techniques and Musical Theatre instructor for Berridge Programs for Theatre and Film for the last 10 summers in Normandy, France.
To learn more about Emily visit her website.
Role: Tutor (Voice,Choir)
Available: Wednesday - Killarney
Genres: Pop / Contemporary / Traditional
Student Type: Kids / Teens / Adults
Lisa is a native of Tralee, Co.Kerry and has been a Music and Singing fanatic all her life. Lisa decided she wanted to become a music teacher at 6 and did try other avenues but always found herself back where she excelled….Singing.
Lisa began on stage at the age of 3 in Tralee and has been leading lady for countless music theatre productions in county Kerry and branched over to Cork to study for her BMus in the Cork school of Music where she graduated with honors in 2010, here Lisa studied voice under the direction of both Robert Craig (jazz,pop,music theatre) and Mary MacSweeney (classical),she has always attended as many masterclases as possible (Emma kirkby,Cara O’Sullivan,Miriam Murphy to name a few) as she feels they really give you insight into other avenues and techniques in learning about the voice and how to be a well rounded performer.
Since college Lisa has been a regular performer, guest performer, vocal coach and choral director for many productions across Munster. Lisa was awarded the Margaret Dillon perpetual trophy in Feis Maitiu 2012 (which is awarded to the highest scoring vocalist over the weeks competition.
Teaching voice (solo and group) really is her passion and over her 12 years in the field of teaching Voice she has had many successful students some who now moved on to college performance level and some who have done very well in many competitions across Ireland.
Lisa has a little boy with Autism and finds this life experience has really helped her teaching of younger children as nothing is an obstacle it must just be done a new way. Her newest venture is as the Music contributor for Connect Kerry Magazine(Music in the Kingdom).
‘I am delighted to be part of the Voiceworks team, all of the tutors are of a very high standard and their fun but focussed attitude towards vocal education is refreshing and exciting, the opportunities given to the students by Voiceworks are not seen anywhere else in the country and I am looking forward to meeting and working with all the students in Voiceworks Kerry’- Lisa