Ossia Youth Choir is a mixed voice choir based in Clontarf, Dublin. Though many are based locally, members hail from various locations across North Dublin and are currently aged between 9 and 18 years of age. Established in 2011 by conductor Carmel Whelan, the choir rehearses weekly in Clontarf where they are joined by accompanist Norah Walsh.
Inspired by the Belgian women’s choir, Scala and the Kolacny brothers, Ossia performs a modern repertoire, performing exciting choral arrangements of predominantly rock and pop music. The name Ossia, comes from the musical term for an alternative passage of music which may be played instead of the original, which itself derives from the Italian term for “or rather” meaning alternatively.
The choir is open to children of all musical abilities – no audition is required and no previous experience or sight reading abilities are necessary – all you need is some enthusiasm and a passion for singing!
Since its foundation, the choir has been heavily involved in community and charity events. Ossia has had many exciting performance opportunities to date including:
- “Amazing Voices” an evening of choral singing in aid of Mental Health Ireland in All Hallows Church, October 2012
- “Round The Clock” Fashion Show in Clontarf Castle, February 2013
- LIFT Youth Arts Festival 2013 in The Helix, March 2013
- Peter McVerry Trust Annual Christmas Concert with Mary Black in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, December 2013
- LIFT Youth Arts Festival 2014 in Axis, Ballymun, March 2014
- The Battle of Clontarf Viking Festival in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, April 2014
The choir has performed alongside many talented choirs such as Del Norte High School Choir, Oregon High School Choir, Gloria, CIE Male Voice Chorus, Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and many more.
In July 2014, the choir also assisted Music Matters with the recording of their first album, providing backing vocals for several tracks as well as two solo tracks for the album.
We are joined each week on piano by our accompanist Norah Walsh.
Rehearsals take place each Wednesday at 7pm in Clasac (Comhaltas Regional Resource Centre) on the Alfie Byrne Rd., Clontarf, Dublin 3.