Irish Church Music Association 44th Annual Summer School Irish
CREDO, CREDO, CREDO, AMEN! I believe. This Year of Faith
affords us an opportunity to reflect on what we believe and to
deepen our relationship with God. The Church has always had
the great axiom Lex orandi, lex credendi – what we pray is what
we believe – and what we believe is what we pray. This Year of
Faith began on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the
opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and it will
conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus
Christ, King of the Universe.
Our Summer School is where we upskill and resource ourselves
for our central ministry of music. Music is not just a bonus or
added extra to our liturgical celebrations, but rather it is intrinsic
This year, too, we are seeking to respond to the changing needs
of people and also to the current economic climate. Therefore
this year the Summer School will finish on Thursday afternoon
rather than on Friday, and we will have an emphasis on music by
our own Irish liturgical composers.
The Year of Faith is also a good opportunity to intensify the
celebration of faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist. As
music ministers in our parishes, we see our music at the heart of
our prayer, deepening our faith and being a clear expression of
what we believe and what we celebrate.
Fr Christopher Fitzgerald
Guest Director 2013: Fr Paul Kenny
Paul is a veteran of church music in Ireland
and is well known to liturgical musicians
through his editing of the Hosanna hymnal
and his work since the early 1980s with
Veritas, Columba Press and the National
Centre for Liturgy in the editing and
producing of print publications and sound
recordings: these include the Collected
Responsorial Psalms of Fintan O’Carroll and
I Sing for Joy: Music from the RTÉ Church Music Competitions.
Recently Paul was involved with the Advisory Committee on
Church Music in producing the Sing the Mass collection. Paul
undertakes the work of compiling the music books for each year’s
Summer School and has served the Association for many years as
Council member and Chairperson, in addition to serving on the
National Advisory Committee on Church Music.
Paul is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin and became known
worldwide when he directed the music for the -International
Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in June 2012. Paul is also a longtime member of Our Lady’s Choral Society, and sings with
Cantando, a Dublin-based chamber choir directed by Orla Barry.
Paul brings a wealth of musical, liturgical and pastoral experience
to his ministry.
Irish Church Music Association
44th Annual Summer School
The Irish Church Music Association was founded in November
1969 to support the work of musicians working in the field of
liturgical music in Ireland. Through training, publication and
dissemination of information, the ICMA strives to improve
standards and encourage musicians in their service of God and
the community. The ICMA is supported by the Irish Bishops'
Conference and is based in the National Centre for Liturgy, St
Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. For more information,
Each July, ICMA hosts the Church Music Summer School in
Maynooth, where musicians from around the country and
beyond get the opportunity to sing and pray together, learning
the best music of past and present. Tomás Kenny is Registrar for
the Summer School. He is contactable at 086 2366521; email
Please note that this year the Summer School runs for four days,
from Monday 1 July to Thursday 4 July, finishing after 15:00
Eucharist on Thursday.
Due to the demand for places at the Summer School, please book
as early as possible, as accommodation is limited in Maynooth
College. This year on-campus accommodation includes Saint
Patrick’s House, St Mary’s House and college apartments on
North Campus, which have a kitchen and common area with
bathroom and shower facilities.
In order to secure a room in the College at the early rate, booking
forms must be sent with a non-returnable deposit of €50; full
payment to be made before 1 June 2013. Please see booking
form for full details of payment.
Parish & Contemporary Music: Tom Kendzia
Music for Young People: Ian Callanan / Ciarán Coll
Cantor Training / Voice Production: Áine Mulvey
Conducting: Derek Mahady
Sight Reading: Eoin Conway
Music by Irish Composers:Ephrem Feeley / Liam Lawton /
Organ:Regina Deacy / Dominic Finn /
Columba McCann / Eanna McKenna
Special Choir: David Connolly
Concert: Cobh Cathedral Choir, directed by Dominic Finn
Registration takes place from 11:00 until 13:30 in the Conference Centre.
(Lunch will not be provided on Monday.)
Registration for day guests is from 9:00am in Loftus Halls. Please note
breakfast is not included for day guests.
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Irish Church Music Association
Music for Young People
Ian Callanan is one of Ireland’s leading
composers of liturgical music. He holds
a Masters in religion and culture from
Mater Dei, Dublin and a music degree from
NUI Maynooth. Ian is an accomplished
composer, arranger, score editor and
workshop leader. He is an active member
of the Dublin Diocesan Music Commission
as well as being musical director for the
Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course.
Ciarán Coll teaches music and religion
in St Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School in
Glasnevin, Dublin. He has been involved in
liturgical music for many years. He directed
sacred music in All Hallows College, and
continues to coordinate music for many
liturgical occasions. Ciarán teaches music
on the Youth Retreat Facilitators training
course in All Hallows College, and is also
director of Our Lady of Victories Gospel
Choir in Dublin.
Parish & Contemporary music
Tom Kendzia is well known as a
composer, arranger, producer, teacher,
clinician, author and performer. He has
been a professional liturgical musician
for more than 30 years. He has also been
Music and Worship Director of the East
Coast Conference for Religious Education
since 2002. Currently he is Music Director
at Christ the King Catholic Church in
Kingston, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Eoin Conway studied music at NUI
Maynooth and DIT Conservatory of Music
and Drama. He sings with many of Dublin’s
finest choirs, including the barbershop
quartet *4inaBar*, the multi-award winning
New Dublin Voices and the choir of Christ
Church Cathedral. He also works as an
arranger, accompanist and session piano
player, specialising in jazz.
Music by Irish Composers
Liam Lawton is a priest of the Diocese of
Kildare & Leighlin, and is Director of Sacred
Music in his diocese. It is 20 years since he
began composing and performing. A number
of artists have recorded his material, and
his liturgical works have been translated
into many languages. His music has been
performed for many State occasions in
Ireland and also in the UK and the USA.
Bernard Sexton is a graduate of UCD and
DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, where
he studied composition with Dr Joseph
Groocock. He has been working in the area
of sacred music for 25 years. His composition
Though We Are Many was selected as the
theme song for the International Eucharistic
Congress (Dublin, 2012). He also directs
award-winning choir, Anima.
Ephrem Feeley is one of Ireland’s most
established church composers. His Mass
of Saint Paul has been published in the
collection Sing the Mass, and was used
during the International Eucharistic Congress
(Dublin, 2012). He is an experienced organist
and choral director, teaches music at secondlevel, and has facilitated many music ministry
workshops throughout the country.
Derek Mahady is Director of Music at
St Mary’s Church, Newtownforbes, Co.
Longford. He studied at DIT and TCD, and
has an MA in choral conducting from the
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Derek provides choral workshops, vocal
and piano tuition, and musicianship classes.
He also performs regularly as a soloist and
David Connolly is organist and Director
of Music at St Michael’s Church, Dún
Laoghaire, where he is also director of
the international organ recital series. He
teaches in the Music Department of NUI
Maynooth. He has served as director of
the Maynooth University Chamber Choir
(2005–2007) and is currently director of
the NUI Maynooth Ladies’ Choir.
Áine Mulvey is a mezzo-soprano, recently
returned to Ireland after completing a
Masters in vocal performance in the USA. She
has performed as soloist with the BBC and
RTÉ, and has worked with many of Ireland’s
top ensembles. She is Musical Director of the
Nás na Rí Singers and the Dublin Male Voice
Choir and is also Director of Music at Mount
Argus Church in Dublin.
Regina Deacy is a graduate of UCC.
She holds a diploma in Church Music and
Liturgy from NUI Maynooth, and a research
Masters degree. Regina is a member of the
Bishops’ National Advisory Committee on
Church Music. She is Diocesan Director of
Sacred Music and organist in the Cathedral,
Killala Diocese as well as Director of St
Muredach’s Cathedral Choir.
Dominic Finn studied arts and music
at UCC and was awarded his Diploma
in Church Music from NUI Maynooth.
He is currently Director of Music at St
Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork. He
teaches music full-time at Coláiste Muire
Secondary School in Cobh.
Columba McCann is a monk of Glenstal
Abbey. He has always had an interest in
composition, and since winning the RTÉ
Radio 1 Church Music Competition in
1997 has produced many fine liturgical
compositions. As part of his priestly
ministry in Dublin he worked for the
promotion of liturgical renewal, preparing
for this task as a student at the Pontifical
Liturgical Institute at San Anselmo in Rome.
Eanna McKenna is organist and
Director of Music at Rowe St Church,
Wexford, as well as organist in St Iberius
Church and Clonard Church, Wexford. He
is chorusmaster to Wexford Light Opera
Society and founder-director of Young
Wexford Singers, who have performed
on The Late Late Toy Show and also sang
with Mary Byrne on TG4’s hit ‘Siúil Leat’.