A native of Mayo ,Kathy is a freelance choral director and orchestral conductor. From a very young age, she has been immersed in music, both teaching and as an accompanist. Kathy presently works with several choirs across Mayo, and is also conductor of Mayo Concert Orchestra. Her childhood was spent listening to and, as an accomplished pianist under the tutelage of Dolores Quinn, playing classical music, and she developed a great interest in this genre. When she was 18, Kathy performed Handel’s Messiah as part of Maynooth College Choral Society where she was studying, and in 2013, she co-directed alongside Dr. Kevin O’Carroll, a full performance of Messiah in Castlebar Holy Rosary Church for the first time. She recruited and trained a 100-strong mixed choir to sing the beautiful Oratorio with orchestral accompaniment, raising over €50,000 for charity in the process. Subsequently, sacred works are performed biannually in the county town under her baton, collaborating Vocalessence Ladies Choir with Mayo Concert Orchestra. Her most recent appointment is as Director of Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Dublin.
Kathy is also a lover of Gospel music, having trained the multi awarded Chapel Street Gospel Choir since 2010. She has a particular appreciation for traditional African American gospel and its historic significance, as well as the more modern gospel spirituals.
Campanology is also an art that Kathy has experimented with, having trained in Philadelphia and London. She travelled throughout Ireland and further, teaching first and second level students the unique craft. She has toured UK, France, Germany, Italy and USA, with choirs, handbell teams and orchestras, and at home in Ireland associating with some of the country’s most illustrious artists.
The genesis of Fainne Oir was serendipitous in many ways, but Kathy created the storyline with a clear vision as to how she wanted it to evolve. She composed the music to coincide with the narrative and felt contemporary dance, layered with textures of irish, would be a new and distinctive combination in portraying this emotive tale of love, loss, poverty, loyalty and emigration, set during the Irish Famine.
After touring Fainne Oir in 2019 with a cast of 50, Kathy is delighted to have the opportunity to join forces with Ciara Sexton as Director & Choreographer, in producing something truly incredible.