Membership and Information

Galway AOIC Members

Coole Harmonies

Coole Harmonies is a young choir founded in 2005 as part of Coole School of Music & Arts, Gort, Co. Galway for singers age 8+.  The Choir, led by Noreen McDermott, Ph. D. Mus., meet every Wed evening for 3 x 10 week terms. The choir has built up an exciting repertoire which includes classical, traditional as well as new pieces generally sung in SA or SSA. They have taken part in the Peace Proms in Galway accompanied by the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland and have entertained audiences at the Cork Choral Festival.  In Dec 2011, Coole Harmonies has been invited to sing with Cois Cladaigh in the latter’s Christmas concert in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway. New members are welcome to join at the start of the first term in Sept and should contact Coole Music for details.

Location: Gort Community School
Conductor: Noreen McDermott
T: 0863467245

Galway Baroque Singers

Galway Baroque Singers is a mixed-voice choir based in Galway consisting of between 70 and 80 members. Established in 1983 by Musical Director Audrey Corbett, the choir is known for its clear, pure, balanced tone and is regarded as one of Ireland's most accomplished amateur choirs.  Since 1993 the singers have performed annually with the RTE Concert Orchestra presenting major choral works to a very high standard. The choir also sings a capella and delights audiences with its purity of sound and sensitivity of phrasing. The choir has a lighter repertoire which it performs from time to time. GBS has competed in festivals throughout the country winning major awards and Cork, Limerick, Sligo and Navan.  Interested in joining the choir? Please contact Joan on 087 6911460.

Conductor: Audrey Corbett
T: 087 6911460

Galway Baytones 

Galway Baytones are a male voice a cappella group based in Galway. Formed in 2008, we perform in the local Galway area mainly at charity and social events. While we have performed in many locations all over Ireland, our most memorable performance took place in Feb 2015 in the Ulrichskirche, Halle, in East Germany.  We are 15 in number of varying nationalities including French, Scottish, Welsh, English and even 3 from Cork!!

Galway Choral Association

Galway Choral Association is a mixed voice community choir conducted by Norman Duffy. The choir's musical range is wide, including classical and sacred works and contemporary songs. Galway Choral Association performs regularly in Galway, in other parts of Ireland and occasionally abroad and has recorded two cd's. The choir welcomes visiting musicians to Galway and has performed with various choirs and musicians from America and Europe. Auditions are held at the start of the choir year in September. The choir rehearses on Sunday evenings 7.30-9.30 in Galway city.

Location: Galway city
Conductor: Norman Duffy

Galway Gospel Choir

The Galway Gospel Choir is a mixed voice ensemble founded in 2001 and is conducted by Anne-Michel Durham. Galway Gospel Choir performs a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel and spiritual repertoire. Over the years the choir has become a highly dedicated community of over 60 singers but remains true to its original ethos as a community joined together in harmony and friendship. The Galway Gospel Choir actively tours, competes and performs both nationally and internationally. Rehearsals are in Galway city: Wednesday evenings 7-9.30 and new members are welcome to audition at the start of each choir year (September).

Location: Galway City
Conductor: Anne-Michel Durham

IGNITE Gospel Choir 

The IGNITE Gospel Choir is an 80+ mixed voice choir that focuses on gospel & contemporary Christian music. Along with classic secular pieces such as “Stand by me & Ain’t no mountain high enough” they also sing traditional hymns with a fresh feel.

Their primary focus is inclusivity which give the choir a special family feel. They focus largely on charity events as well as singing in 3 churches in Galway city providing uplifting gospel music to St. Josephs church, Westside church & Galway Cathedral. They sing for many weddings and have been nominated twice, along with director Keara McDonald, for a Mayors award. This year 2018 they celebrate with Keara on her winning a Person of the Year Award acknowledging the work she and the choir have done in the Galway community over the last 10 years.

The choir is non-audition & welcomes visiting choirs from around the world and often host concerts with them. They have hosted the wonderful Gospel Rising Festival in 2017 & will again in 2018, revelling the continued success of the festival that celebrates Gospel Music in Ireland.

They celebrate 10 year running October 2018 and look forward to continuing to bring Joy to the City.


Location : Galway
Director: Keara Sheeran McDonald
T: 0879007003
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Testostertones are NUI Galways' premier acappella group. The group were formed in 2003 by Dr. Peter Mannion. Since inception the lads have performed a varied repertoire of pop to Schoenberg. Testostertones won the National Competition for Male Voice Choirs at the 2018 Cork Choral Festival, which followed wins at the Limerick and Sligo Choral Festivals. The group can be found deep in rehearsal in the College Bar on Fridays where the motto is 'A choir that drinks well together sings well together'!

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The Galway Sings Project

The Galway Sings Project is a class based introduction to choir and group singing. It is designed with the beginner in mind and the classes are devised to deliver a fun approach to group singing. The class introduces singers to singing in harmony and singers do not need to read music as we will work off lyric sheets. The members will receive a pack including a CD of their music and the lyric sheets. Members will also have access to a Dropbox account with all materials online.

The music will be all in the popular music realm and can range from the Beatles to Dolly Parton!

A typical class starts at 7.15pm. The class starts with a warmup (both physical and vocally) and following this we learn a piece. The class is split into three sections based on your voice type. We have Firsts (high voices), Seconds (middle range voice) and Thirds (low voices). Members often self-identify as a range but we can help you figure out which one best suit your own unique voice. The music is chosen so each part gets some melody and harmony at different points. Each member will get a CD with three versions of each piece, an instrumental track, the full version of the piece and a track with their own line being sung. Members get a lyric sheet pack at the beginning of term. Sheet music and full mp3 recordings off all lines are available to members on an assigned dropbox account to which members receive the link to at the beginning of term. We work towards a small public performance each term but there is no obligation for members to sing in public – some of our members just prefer to sing in the class!

Classes are Thursday evenings from 7.15pm – 8.50pm in the River Room at NUI Galway. Email

AOIC is awaiting further information for the following member choirs in Galway:

  • River Rhythms
  • Marine Institute Singers
  • Notorious Acapella Choir
  • Ornamore Parish Adult Choir
  • St. Nicholas Schola Cantorum

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