Education & Training

Bernie Sherlock

Bernie Sherrlock recieved her training in choral conducting during two years of study in Hungary with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár. She subbsequently studied orchestral conducting with Gerhard Markson during his years as principal conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, leading to a Masters in Musicology and Performance from the National University of Ireland.

Bernie founded the international award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices in 2005. Known for its innovative concert programming and its work in television, radio and recording, NDV is also internationally recognised at major competitions in France, Germany, Hungary, Finland, Italy, Belgium, England and Spain. Prizes include the Grand Prix at the 2009 Budapest International Choir Competition, all six prizes at the 2011 International Choir Contest of Flanders-Maasmechelen (Belgium), 2nd prize at the 2010 and 2013 Cork International Choral Festival, and Grand Prix at the 2013 Concorso Polifonico Internazionale “Guido d’Arezzo”. Bernie has won prizes for best conductor or best interpretation at several European competitions. NDV released two CDs to great acclaim in 2010: Something Beginning with B and Christmas with New Dublin Voices. The latest CD, Music From Ireland, is devoted to music by Irish composers and was released in 2014 by Ireland’s leading record label, RTÉ lyric fm.

Bernie has extensive experience directing a wide range of choirs, including ten years as Choral Director at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, and nine years as Musical Director of the University of Dublin Choral Society (Trinity College). Since 2007 Bernie has been Musical Director of the eminent Culwick Choral Society, founded in 1898, with whom she has prepared and conducted many of the great works from the repertoire for large choir.

Bernie is a Music Lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and she also lectured for many years in the School of Music at Trinity College Dublin. She has an international profile as an adjudicator, choral animateur, and teacher of conducting and aural training, and has given workshops in a wide variety of subjects for different organisations. She has been the Artistic Director of the annual AOIC International Conducting Summer School since 2008. In 1993 she founded the Kodály Society of Ireland, whose International Music Course she directed from 1993 – 1998. Bernie is the Irish representative on the World Choir Council. 

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