Dr Kevin O’Carroll PhD, M Mus, B.A. (Hons), Dip ABRSM, is a Waterford based freelance choral conductor and teacher. His choral conducting repertoire extends from small-scale Renaissance polyphonic works through to orchestral choral works such Mozart’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Te Deum and Handel’s Messiah. In 2018, he directed the first Irish community choir performance of Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest. Kevin studied with the conducting pedagogue Dr John Dickson at Texas Tech University, USA and has also worked with David Hill (King’s College, Cambridge), Tim Brown (Clare College, Cambridge) and the British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott.
Recognised as a choral specialist, Kevin is in demand as a teacher and choral consultant for workshops and guest lectures both in Ireland and further afield. He has adjudicated at many choral festivals throughout Ireland, including Cork Choral Festival and Feis Ceoil Dublin. He has provided lectures on conducting at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (DCU), NUI Maynooth and at the University of Limerick.
Over the years, Kevin has conducted groups from many countries including Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Australia, Taiwan and the USA. He has conducted Madrigallery Chamber Choir in Waterford for over twenty years and also conducts two large choirs, Wexford Festival Singers and Notable Works, that perform large-scale choral orchestral works. He also conducts Vocalis, a professional ensemble and the Renaissance group Vox Humana, both groups come together on an
occasional basis. Equally at home in front of orchestra, choir or musical theatre groups, he has been guest conductor for musical societies in Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Kevin is a member of the board of examiners of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Kevin holds a PhD from the University of Limerick for his research on the impact of music notation on the performance practice of Renaissance polyphony and in the process created the Phrased Notation System for use with editions of Renaissance polyphony.
Small Group – Choir Voicing