Membership and Information

Galway AOIC Members

Cantairí Chonamara

Cantairí Chonamara is a mixed-voiced choir, with members from all over Connemara in the west of Ireland, that has sung together since it was founded in 1999. The choir is currently stepping up its contribution to the local community through more concerts and events. Cantairí Chonamara has a broad repertoire of short songs and longer choral works to draw from. It is also learning new pieces suitable for specific events. While the main focus is on classical works, the choir also has a range of lighter pieces in many styles.

Location: Connemara, Galway
Conductor: Peter Godaniburg

Cois Cladaigh

Cois Cladaigh, based in Galway, is mixed voice choir and specialises in contemporary choral music and the Renaissance. The choir travels abroad regularly, the next being to Rijeka in Croatia in 2020. The choir also performs regularly in Irish choral festivals and presents concerts along the west coast. Cois Cladaigh takes an active role in commissioning contemporary composers to write pieces for them. The choir has recorded 4 cds and plans are afoot to produce a fifth. Keep an eye on our website and Face Book page for a listing of events. 

Location : Galway
Conductor : Brendan O'Connor
T: 091 756812/ 086 2417468?
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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

Coole Voices Community Choir

Summer 2003 a group of people met in Gort with a view to forming a group that would sing for the sheer joy of singing and so in September 2003 Coole Voices came into being.

In 2008  Peter Mannion took over as our Choir Director  and continues to lead us today. 

Peter has encouraged and motivated the choir to enter festivals and events in Limerick, Navan and Sligo.  The choir has progressed beyond their dreams in 2013 as Coole Voices has been played on Lyric FM.   

Coole Voices as a community based choir, meet every Monday night at the VEC building in Gort at 7.30pm.  The music is an eclectic mix from Bach to the Beatles, from medieval to the 60s, right up to Lady GAGA.  We welcome anyone who has an interest in choral singing we are always looking for new members and especially Male voices. 

Coole Voices have performed in many carol services, local concerts, weddings, and charity events. Our yearly fund raising concert is held in May, this is always so well supported by local residents of Gort.

Location: Gort Co Galway 

Choir Director: Peter Mannion

Phone: 086 8244136

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 Cathedral Choir

Galway Cathedral Choir is a mixed voice ensemble established when the Cathedral opened in 1965. The choir sings all major services in the Cathedral, the 11:00 mass on Sundays throughout the year, and occasional concerts in the Cathedral and elsewhere. The choir's repertoire covers a thousand years of sacred music, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, Viennese masses and contemporary music. New members are welcome to join at any stage. An ability to sight-read is not a requirement but is an advantage. The choir has been directed since January 1994 by Raymond O'Donnell.

Location: Galway
Director: Raymond O'Donnell
Phone: 091-531438

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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OMNA Singers

This community choir began as a workshop event at the first Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna,

Co. Galway in 2007. The choir meets weekly Sept-May in a workshop format of two ten week sessions working on a mainly contemporary/popular programme in 2/3/4 parts, accompanied and A capella for performance each December and April. We love to get together with the local Pen Pushers creative writing group and share a platform of music, poetry and prose and song writing on shared themes, visit the Retirement Village, and join other choirs for collaborative events.

Omna are always delighted to welcome new members.

Sonke Gospel Choir

"The choir offers a weekly meeting for practicing and learning "world" songs, and a voice workshop/singing tuition with Helen Webb. We have been around for four years now and have established ourselves as a friendly and welcoming bunch of singers who make a fantastic sound together.

Being inclusive, we welcome everyone, all ages and cultures and we sing songs from many countries and traditions. We hope to provide a sociable friendly atmosphere for people to enjoy their creativity. If you like singing, world music, traditional music from all cultures and a good night out with some great people JOIN US!!"

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

The Quay Singers

The Quay Singers choir is based in Kinvara,  Co. Galway and is a mixed choir of 35 men and women.  The Choir mainly performs locally at concerts in the church or community centre and sing a mix of  gospel, jazz, pop, rock and folk songs.  The Choir was established in 2006. Rehearsals are in the back room of Connollys Pub on Wednesdays 8pm-10pm.  New members welcome at the start of the year in September.

Location: Kinvara, Co. Galway
Conductor: Anette Jorgensen

Tribal Chamber Choir

Tribal Chamber Choir is a multi-award winning choral ensemble for advanced choral singers in Galway City. The choir sings a diverse range of repertoire from plainchant to contemporary. Awards include first prize in the Sacred Music Competition at the Limerick Festival of Church Music, the Premier Mixed Voice Competition and the National Choir of Festival 2009 at the Cork International Choral Festival. Recently the choir has performed at Westminster Cathedral, London; Chartres Cathedral, France; St Peter's Basilica, Rome; and St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium. The Choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7.00-9.30pm.

Location: Galway City
Conductor: Mark Keane
T: 087 2204419

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

  • Ceol na Mara
  • Presentation College Athenry

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