Kerry graduated from the New South Wales State Conservatory of Music in Sydney, Australia in 1987 with a B Music Ed. She trained in Eurhythmics (Dalcroze method of teaching music using movement). Kerry has specialised training in Kodaly for very young children and has experience teaching ages 18 months to 7 years. Kerry also teaches voice coaching and recorder to all ages and specialises in beginner piano. Kerry is a professional singer available to perform at functions, as soloist and with JazzCrumble.
Teaches: Beginner Piano, Recorder, Voice, Applied Theory up to Grade 2
Caroline holds an Hons.Degree in Fine Art Sculpture from NCAD, she took part in the International stone sculpture symposium in Vermont USA in 1990. She returned to teach art and sculpture for many years to children, where she developed her interest in puppetry and a love for teaching.
She gained a First class Hons H-Dip In Drama In Arts In Education from Griffith College Dublin. She is a fully Licensed teacher and gained her Licentiate with the Leinster School of Speech and Drama in 2011.
Caroline has studied acting with the Gaiety School Of Acting Dublin, Stanislavsky technique –The Focus Theatre (Hazel Dunphy), Viewpoints (Megan Riordan) – Focus Theatre, Shakespearian Acting (Andy Hinds) –Classical Acting Ireland and with Betty Ann Norton. Improvisational Acting Course with (Kelly Shatter) Stoke Improv. I have appeared in TV and Film Productions – The Tudors and My Boy Jack, in Ardmore studios Bray.
Caroline directs and acts with Square One Theatre group Bray, she is a member for over 10 years directing the One Act play The London Vertigo adapted by Brian Friel and the full length play Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling at The Mermaid Theatre Bray . She is also a member of Delgany Dramatic Society and helped found The Charlesland Drama Society in 2013- where she directed their first play Out of Sight Out of Murder! And in 2014 she directed Bernard Farrell’s Canaries.“ With the decision to direct Canaries, I found it particularly satisfying to meet Bernard-a Greystones resident – and discuss my directorial approach with him to this hilarious farce!”
Previous acting roles in The mermaid theatre in Bray are – Mrs Dai Bread– Under Milkwood, Bertha-Jane Eyre, Molly-An Trial, Mrs. Allonby-A woman of No Importance, Elvira– Blythe Spirit Marie – The House, Charlotte– Pride and Prejudice.
Caroline has acted in and directed One Act plays for the Bray One Act Drama Festival . She directed her Secondary pupils from East Glendalough in Ernies Incredible Illucinations by Alan Ayckbourn, they picked up awards for Best Comedy, most promising young actor, adjudicator’s award for directing and best supporting actor.
Teaches: Drama, Musical Theatre
Originally from Dublin, Tomas O Durcain began playing the electric guitar at 14 before switching to classical at 17. He graduated from the DIT Bmus (performance) programme, where he obtained a second class honour with a first in performance after studying with Michael O’Toole, Alan Grundy and John Feeley, and gained his Mmus as a student of Graham Anthony Devine at Trinity College of Music, London, graduating with the prestigious Cleeve Montague award for the highest results achieved by a guitarist.
Tomas has been commended in many competitions in both Ireland and abroad and has had master classes with such respected guitarists as John Mills, Ray Burley, Berta Rojas Robert Brightmore and Eduardo Catamario. He won the silver medal at the 2010 Classical Guitar Feis Ceoil, and was Highly Commended in the Aileen Gore string competition in the same year.
A keen supporter of new music, Tomas has commissioned several new works for solo guitar by young composers such as Declan Kolakowski, Mike Maclennan, Effy and Litha Efthymiou and Caroline Heslop. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many prestigious venues across the world, including the Lincoln centre in New York, the Luis Ángel Arango Library in Colombia, as well as Wigmore hall in the UK and most major venues across Ireland.
In addition to his teaching and solo commitments, Tomas is currently a performing member of the Dublin Guitar Quartet, with whom he presented a concert of the complete string quartets of Philip Glass, and has worked with esteemed musicians such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Ivan Monighetti, Malachy Robinson, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the Texas Guitar Quartet, and Conspirare vocal ensemble. He has also appeared with the group frequently on both television and radio in Ireland as well as the US.
Tomas has recorded several CD’s with the quartet including two CD’s released by the Louth Contemporary Music Society, an album of music for electric guitar quartet, and an album of the complete Philip Glass string quartets arranged for guitar, released on Glass’s own label. With the group he has also been involved in the premiere of several new works by Irish composers such as Simon Cullen, Linda Buckley and Michael Fleming, and new works by American composers Michael Gordon and Nico Muhly.
Teaches: Classical Guitar
Rachel Factor – MA, BAPERF, ARIAM – is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and also NUI Maynooth. An experienced teacher, Rachel has taught at the Wicklow School of Music for over 10 years and also teaches at the sister school Greystones School of Music. Rachel has performed extensively throughout Ireland and in London as both chamber musician and soloist. In Ireland, she has performed with such leading ensembles as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of St. Cecilla, The Crash Ensemble amongst others. Rachel is harpsichord professor and accompanist at the DIT Conservatory of Music and also teaches with VEC and Music Generation programmes. She holds the position of Local Centre Examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and locally curates the popular Alchemy Music Series alongside colleague Eamon Sweeney. Rachel is the recipient of the Music Network Capital Scheme 2010. She greatly acknowledges the support of Music Network and The Arts Council.
Wendy Stephens is a retired secondary music teacher who studied Kodaly’s philosophy of music education in Hungary between 1989 and 1992. On her return to Ireland she worked at the Leeson Park School of Music, teaching musicianship and pre-instrumental classes. When she resumed her 2nd level teaching post she applied Kodaly’s principles to the Junior and Leaving cert music syllabi. During her 2nd level teaching career she ran prize winning choirs, a school orchestra and directed a musical show almost every year.She has recently begun to teach piano at WSMD and works part time for AOIC (the Association of Irish Choirs) and Mater Dei College (DCU).
Teaches: Senior & Junior Cert Music, Piano, Applied Theory to Grade 2
I first got the drum bug at the age of 13 and like most “kit drummers” of that era made for many years the weekly pilgrimage to study with one of Ireland’s premier jazz drummer’s John Wadham in Dalkey, Co. Dublin.
Over my years as a Player I have been involved with various bands which gave me the opportunity in playing Pop, Rock, Blues and Jazz, Musicals, Christian music, Events and weddings, covers and originals as well as recording sessions, Festivals as well as last minute “subbing” often the first rehearsal was 1 2 3 and you’re in!
2011 – I got the opportunity and joined the Wicklow School of Music and the following year started with the Greystones School of Music which I’m really enjoying and finding very rewarding. Watching students learning to read, develop technique and playing along to various styles of music as well as being able to talk about drums all day, surely what could be better.
Like all musicians, I’m still learning and discovering new styles, attending drum building courses and attending clinics and workshops both in Ireland and the UK.
I believe that as a tutor and especially as a drummer that the main focus is on playing music and having fun. I’m delighted to still have the opportunity to be playing live and being a founder member with a fellow WSMD of a small jazz quartet called “Jazz crumble”. Another adventure in the wonderful world of drums.
Teaches: Drum Kit
Alan Smale began to pay the violin at the age of ten. At the age of sixteen. In 1970 Alan moved to Leeds to study at the College of Music for two years until 1972 when he was accepted on to the Performers’ Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1977 Alan moved to Dublin to take up a position as co-leader of the then RTE Symphony Orchestra, and over the next six years he continued to freelance with many orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. In 1983 Alan was appointed Leader of the RTE Concert Orchestra, during which time he developed an outstanding career as a soloist and chamber music player of the highest calibre, as well as playing to a much wider audience through frequent solo TV appearances.
Since his retirement from the RTE NSO, Alan has been busy with an assortment of very diff erent projects from fi lm to his work as tutor with the Greystones School of Music & Drama. In June he will be joined by his colleagues in the Degani Sinfonia to work with The Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaulkee, Wisconsin USA. They’ll be joined by the Bray and Wicklow Choral Society to perform Music of Haydn. Go to Bray Choral Society website for more information or contact the school office.
Born in Durrës, Albania, Sokol Koka began studying cello in the music school of his city where he graduated with the highest honor in 1990. He continued his studies in the High School of Fine Arts of Tirana for two years before joining the cello class of Professor Rocco Filippini in the Conservatory “G.Verdi” of Milan, Italy where he graduated in 1995. Later he got a Masterclass Diploma in chamber music from Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, München. He was the recipient of Rheinland-Pfalz-Foundation for chamber music “Villa Musica” and joined also the masterclasses of Georgy Kurtag in Prussia Cove. Apart his chamber music activity, Sokol has been, from 1997 to 2008, a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Milan “G.Verdi”. In 2009 he won the audition for RTE National Symphony Orchestra and moved to Dublin. Currently, Sokol is a freelance chamber music and orchestra musician with RTE SO, RTE CO and Ulster Orchestra.