Our Conductor

Carmel Whelan studied music in DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama graduating with a Bachelor of Music in composition with first class honours.

Carmel has been singing from a young age and has been a member of various choirs including RTÉ children’s choir Cór na nÓg under conductor Blánaid Murphy, DIT Choral Society and the Dublin Airport Singers under conductor Tony Madden.  She has extensive choral performance experience including the Russian State Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”,  an RTÉ Christmas special with Westlife and the National Concert Hall’s ‘Music For Fun’ series, as well as various international productions.  Carmel also has extensive experience in musical theatre, performing lead roles in many shows including ‘Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Guys & Dolls’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.  She has also studied traditional sean nós singing with Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaíoch. 

Carmel currently works with Music Generation as a music education practitioner specialising in the Koday early years programme and as a choral conductor working with various school choirs throughout Leinster with her work bringing her to such established venues as the National Concert Hall.   She is currently undertaking a course in Choral Music Education with the Choral Music Institute under renowned choral conductors, Dr. Doreen Rao and Mandy Miller and has undergone music education training with Lorraine O’ Connell and Lucinda Geoghegan, education director with the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

Carmel has worked as musical director with the Bernie Delaney School of Speech and Drama on their productions of ‘Hairspray’,  ‘Grease’,  ‘The Wicked of Oz’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’,  ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Matilda’.  She is currently musical director with Thunderstruck Productions and teaches musical theatre classes for Thunderstruck Stage School.

Carmel is also a traditional flute player, composer and songwriter.  She has performed on RTÉ’s Céilí House, at the opening ceremony of the European Transplant & Dialysis Games and with the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus in Georgia, while her compositions have been performed by contemporary music ensembles Concorde and ConTempo Quartet, as well as by members of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.  She writes and arranges much of the repertoire for Ossia Youth Choir.

For further information see carmelwhelan.com.