11 May 2010

Music Network is delighted to announce that a Director and Board for the National Music Education Programme have been announced.

Rosaleen Molloy has been appointed Director of the National Music Education Programme.  Rosaleen has over fifteen years experience working in the field of music education in Ireland and has acted as Project Director of Arts in the Classroom Initiative, Founder / Director of The County Wexford Children’s Choir Programme and County Arts Officer, Wexford County Council. The Board will be chaired by Tony Ó Dálaigh and Directors include Danny O’Hare, Ann-Marie Power, Leo Blennerhassett, Clíona Doris Bill Whelan and Ellen Cranitch.

With funding from the Arts Council, Music Network has over the decade been working to raise awareness of the value of music education, and of the need for enhanced provision through a national system of local music education services. A model developed by Music Network (as recommended in the Music Network report A National System of Local Music Education Services – Report of a Feasibility Study 2003)  set out to make music education available to all children of the state irrespective of their geographical location and their social and economic circumstances. The model has been successfully piloted in County Donegal and City of Dublin, with funding from the Department of Education and Science.  The model is widely agreed to be a workable and cost efficient solution. Funding for the project has been donated by U2 to the tune of €5 million and a further €2 million pledged by The Ireland Funds to allow the project to be rolled out between 2010 and 2015.

“We are thrilled with the appointment of Rosaleen and the Board, and look forward to the enhancement of the Irish musical education system as a result of this project, which we have been working on now for almost a decade,” Deirdre McCrea Music Network CEO said.

Rosaleen Molloy will manage the national rollout of the scheme, which will take place on a phased basis, in a number of new locations each year, beginning in 2010 and including all musical genres. Involvement in the scheme will be offered on the basis of competitive tender. Local partnerships (to include one or more local VECs and/or local authorities together with other local interests, such as private music schools, parents groups etc.) will be invited to bid for a three-year subsidy to provide for the costs of teachers and local administration; they must show how they will generate matching resources locally, and how they will plan to make the scheme sustainable in the longer term. 


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Editor’s Note:

Biography Rosaleen Molloy

A former student of Wexford School of Music and graduate of the music and education Departments of University College Cork, Rosaleen Molloy has over fifteen years experience working in the field of music education in Ireland.

Positions held include Project Director of Arts in the Classroom Initiative, Founder / Director of The County Wexford Children’s Choir Programme and County Arts Officer, Wexford County Council.

A skilled choral music education specialist, Rosaleen studied conducting at the Choral Music Experience Institute USA from 1996 – 2002 and has pioneered many groundbreaking initiatives in music education.

Board Biographies

Tony Ó Dálaigh
Tony Ó’Dálaigh is an Arts Consultant. Board member of St Patrick's Festival, the Gaiety School of Acting and the Irish Romanian Cultural Foundation. From 1990 to 1999 he was Director of Dublin Theatre Festival and Director of Royal Hospital Kilmainham (now IMMA) 1986-1990. Previous posts include General Administrator Irish Theatre Company 1974-78 and manager of An Damer 1963-65. He was awarded Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
Danny O’Hare
Physical Chemist, Dr O'Hare was educated at the CBS Dundalk, UCG and the University of St. Andrews. He was an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southampton. Returning to Ireland in 1971, he was Director of the Letterkenny and Waterford Institutes of Technology from 1971 to 1977. He was Founding President DCU from 1977 to 1999. He has been a consultant to OECD, ILO, EU and the World Bank. He has chaired the Beaumont Hospital Board, Food Safety Authority, the Government Task Force on the Physical Sciences, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, the Information Society Commission, the Ballymun Regeneration project, the Independent Hospitals Association of Ireland and has also served on the Board of Directors of MLE (Media Lab Europe), RHK and Calor. He is Chairman of the Governing Authority of the Milltown Institute, the Dublin Airport Stakeholders Forum and of Exploration Station the National Interactive Science Centre. He is a member of the Board of the Irish Medical Council, of Outreach Moldova, the Daughters of Charity Management Board and of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust.
Ann-Marie Power
Since April 2010 Ann-Marie Power has been appointed editor of Music and Entertainment for RTE Radio 1.  The post has responsibility for the overall growth and development of top rating daytime shows - The Tubridy Show and The Derek Mooney Show.  As editor, she also oversees the direction of all daily music programmes on RTE Radio 1 including Maxi, Ronan Collins, Late Date and John Creedon.  A further aspect of the role is the future development of new music, comedy and entertainment programming as well as talent management. 
As editor she also manages all staff working on these programmes and their budgets.  Furthermore, Ann-Marie is a member of the Radio 1 editorial board which manages the overall output of all Radio 1 programming. 
Before this appointment she worked in RTE Radio 1’s documentary department, writing and producing a number of award winning documentaries. 
Ann-Marie has been a producer in RTE Radio 1 for the last ten years working on all the major Radio 1 programmes including Today with Pat Kenny and Liveline where she was the producer in charge of the programme.

Leo Blennerhassett

Leo was Managing Director of Accenture (Ireland) until 2005. During his time with the company the business in Ireland grew from 300 employees, to 1500 employees, with a fivefold increase in profitability and a doubling of Service Lines. In addition Leo led the Irish business through the greatest change in the history of the Global Organisation, including separation from Arthur Andersen, transition from a Partnership and ultimately a global IPO. Leo was a member of the Global Leadership Council and on the Leadership training faculty for new executives. He has facilitated workshops and seminars internally and with a range of client organisations on; Leadership, Managing a change journey, Strategic Planning and Workforce Transformation.
He has also held a number of European leadership positions as a senior executive in the Financial Services Consulting Operating Group. As a practitioner he has worked with Irish and Global clients on Corporate Strategy development and execution, Pre and post acquisition strategy, Operating Model design and implementation, Workforce transformation and IT Systems design and implementation.
Leo holds an honours BBS from Trinity College Dublin. He is on the Advisory Board of the Business School in Trinity College and lectures MBA students on the Consulting profession and Strategic Analysis. He currently provides advisory services to a number of institutions in Ireland.
Clíona Doris

One of Ireland leading concert harpists, Clíona Doris has extensive experience as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed throughout Ireland, Britain, Europe and the United States. Her broadcasts include performances on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster, RTÉ Lyric fm, National Public Radio USA, Classic FM TV, UTV, BBC Television and RTÉ Television.  In 2005, she was the soloist at the BBC Proms in the Park from Belfast, which was broadcast internationally as part of the BBC Last Night of the Proms. 
An active exponent of contemporary music, Clíona has premiered works by Elaine Agnew, Donnacha Dennehy, Jason E. Geistweidt, Philip Hammond, Brian Irvine, Deirdre McKay, Neil Martin and Ian Wilson.  Her CD recordings include two solo CDs: a pale yellow sky (RTÉ lyric fm), in blue sea or sky (Riverrun Records), and a performance of Handel’s Harp Concerto with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra (RTÉ lyric fm).
Clíona graduated with the Doctor of Music Degree in Harp Performance and Music Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, where she studied with the acclaimed harpist, Susan McDonald.  She is a graduate of Queen’s University of Belfast and began her harp studies at the Belfast School of Music with Denise Kelly.
She joined DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2005 as Head of Orchestral Studies and is currently Head of the Conservatory.  She was Chairman of the Ninth World Harp Congress Dublin 2005 and is on the Board of Directors of Music Network and the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.

Bill Whelan

Bill Whelan's production and arranging credits include, among others, U2, Van Morrison and Kate Bush.

He has worked extensively in theatre. His adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore had successful runs at London's Old Vic, Melbourne and Sydney and received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. In 1989, he was appointed composer to the W.B. Yeats International Theatre Festival at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, he wrote original music for 15 Yeat's plays.

His work with Irish traditional music and musicians has occupied much of his time since 1980 when he was a member of the legendary Planxty. He also produced records for many folk artists including, Andy Irvine, Patrick Street, Stockton's Wing, Davy Spillane and the Bulgarian/Irish band, East Wind.
In 1987, he wrote his first major orchestral suite commemorating the film music of Seán Ó Riada, which was conducted by Elmer Bernstein and performed by the Irish National Symphony Orchestra.
His specially commissioned orchestral work, The Seville Suite, received its European premiere performance at the Maestranza in Seville as part of the celebrations for Ireland's National Day at Expo '92. The last movement of this work was danced by Maria Pagés who was later to appear in Riverdance The Show. His next large scale orchestral work, The Spirit Of Mayo, was performed in 1993 by an 85-piece orchestra in Dublin's National Concert Hall. Together with the choral group Anúna, this piece also featured a powerful Celtic drum corps and a 200 strong choir.
Riverdance was composed especially for the interval act of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest. The original 7 minute orchestral piece conceived for hard-shoe Irish dance was televised to a European audience of 300 million viewers. As a single release, Riverdance spent 18 weeks at No. 1 in the Irish charts and was a Top Ten hit in the UK.
Later that year Bill Whelan began to write Riverdance The Show and in February 1995 it had its first performance at The Point Theatre in Dublin. Since then it has gone on to play to millions of people worldwide with both the album and video topping the charts around the world.
Bill was honoured with a 1997 Grammy Award when the Riverdance record was named the 'Best Musical Show Album'.
He is currently working on an opera⁄musical for the New York Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Centre Theatre.
Bill serves on the boards of Berklee School of Music in Boston, the University of Limerick Foundation, The Irish Traditional Music Archive and the cutting-edge Crash Ensemble.

Ellen Cranitch

Ellen started her professional life as a classical flautist, working with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. Her interest in jazz, and improvised music gradually took over, and led to many composing commissions, and collaborations with theatre and dance companies, such as Rough Magic, Coiscéim, and the Abbey Theatre.
She has been working in radio for the past three years, presenting Grace Notes on lyric and making several documentary series with Nuala Hayes, and their company, Two Chairs.
She is recently produced a film documentary based on the experiences of three Irish piano tuners in Cuba.


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