Education & Training

39th International Choral Conducting Summer School 2018



Artistic Director, Bernie Sherlock

The Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC) presents its 39th International Choral Conducting Summer School from the 6th to 12th August 2018 for conductors, teachers, music students, choral enthusiasts and musicians. 


Download the application form HERE or fill in online HERE



Artistic Director Bernie Sherlock talks about the summer school- Video HERE


The Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC) presents its 39th International Choral Conducting Summer School for conductors, teachers, music students, choral singers and musicians. The only one of its kind in Ireland, this seven-day intensive course offers a wealth of expertise from international tutors, all of whom are active conductors and experienced teachers of conducting. With courses designed to meet the needs and abilities of every student — from beginners to experienced and established conductors — participants at all levels will develop and refine their core conducting skills, with more advanced classes focusing on areas such as rehearsal technique, interpretation, vocal technique, style, and pronunciation of languages.

A special invitation is also issued to choral singers who would like to train their voices further and simply enjoy seven days of singing a wide range of excellent choral music. This course also welcomes those who simply wish to observe. 

Based in the beautiful surroundings of the University of Limerick, this year’s summer school will provide the usual intensive instruction in choral conducting given by dynamic and inspirational tutors. A range of workshops will cover essential and stimulating topics; there will be daily warm-ups and choir sessions and an evening of masterclasses - all ensuring a varied, vibrant and valuable course to be enjoyed by all.

The International Choral Conducting Summer School is an approved summer course for primary teachers by the Department of Education and Skills Teacher Education Section.

This course offers:

  • Exceptional value for money
  • Excellent conducting tuition at a range of levels
  • Tutor-led warm-up sessions and whole group singing
  • Exposure to new repertoire
  • Conducting in final-day concert (optional)
  • One-to-one lessons by private arrangement
  • Observer places available


Level details available here


Advanced: László Nemes

Intermediate A: Georg Grün

Intermediate B: Bernie Sherlock

Transition: Sabine Horstmann

Foundation: James Davey

Beginners: Orla Flanagan


Repertoire lists available HERE- music can be purchase directly from AOIC. Email for further details. 




Fill out online here
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There are a very limited number of places available and each level will be strictly limited to 12. To secure your place, complete and return the application form along with the appropriate fee payable by cheque, postal order or bank transfer. 



Please arrange full payment by Monday 30th April 2018 to avail of Early Bird rates.

Full payment secures your place.

Smart Saver AOIC individual membership + summer school fee = €440 (early bird €399)

AOIC Member: €410 (early bird fee €370)

AOIC Non-Member: €460 (early bird fee €440)

Students/Unwaged: €350 (early bird fee €320)

Observer Weekly: €195/€170 Daily: €35/€25

Workshop €15/€10

*inclusive of morning tea/coffee break

*does not include charges for accommodation / catering (except tea-breaks). 

Please contact office for more details on these rates. 


Payment methods accepted: Paypal, cheque or bank transfer. 



Level details here


Application form here


Accommodation and catering:

On campus, self-catering accommodation is located close to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.  Further details on how to book available soon.

AOIC can also provide details of other suitably located hotel, B&B and self-catering accommodation on request.  

A number of on-campus catering facilities are open with lunches ranging in price from €5 - €10.  These are all located within walking distance of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.  

Please contact AOIC at or 061 234823 for further information. uses cookies to analyse traffic through the site and help us improve user experience. By continuing to use this site you agree to the use of cookies. More information Accept