Amy Ryan is a conductor, educator and performer based in Dublin, Ireland. Chairperson of the Kodály Society of Ireland since 2018, Amy lectures in Music at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where her area of special interest is the application of the Kodály Concept in aural training at tertiary level. Amy completed her studies at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary, earning both a Master’s degree in Kodály Music Pedagogy (distinction) and Advanced Diploma in Choral Conducting (distinction), studying under Peter Erdei and Dr László Nemes. During her studies in Hungary, she worked as Teaching Assistant at the Kodály Institute, and was awarded the “red diploma” for academic excellence. She completed her Bachelor of Music at CIT Cork School of Music with first-class honours.
One of Ireland’s foremost choral conductors, she founded Cuore Chamber Choir in 2014 and led them to first prizes at all the major choral competitions in Ireland. Cuore’s recent repertoire includes Tallis’ and Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah and Tallis’ Spem in Alium. With Jubilate Choir her recent performances include the requiems of Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé and the Irish premiere of Graun’s Der Tod Jesu. Amy is also Artistic Director of the University College Dublin (UCD) Philharmonic Choir, and has appeared as a guest conductor with the UCD Symphony Orchestra.
Amy’s wide experience encompasses both choral and orchestral genres, having worked with Ireland’s National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir, Lyric Opera chorus and North Dublin Opera. Amy regularly sings with the choir of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin and has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a cellist, flautist and choral singer.
Amy has many years of experience designing and delivering Kodály-Inspired programmes in primary schools, and has trained primary teachers at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra in the delivery of the Music curriculum. Amy is also Course Director of the Kodály Society of Ireland’s annual international summer school, on which she has also taught Solfège and Conducting.