Irish Youth Choir

The Irish Youth Choir and conductor Bernie Sherlock return for the annual summer course in 2022. IYC's annual flagship event, this year's summer course takes place from August 11th - 20th in the beautiful surroundings of the University of Limerick.

What will it be like at the IYC summer course?

A dream for anyone who loves choral singing. For nine days, you will be immersed in simply wonderful music. You'll be part of a group of young, enthusiastic and talented singers who will be taught and trained and conducted every day by the IYC's internationally-acclaimed conductor and artistic director, Bernie Sherlock.

To complement her work with the choir, Bernie has assembled a team of excellent vocal tutors. The IYC summer course also includes individual singing lessons, skill-based workshops, and a variety of other activities which taken all together will create an exceptional musical and social experience.

During the course you and the group will become a choir, Ireland's national youth choir, ready to perform in this year's Irish Youth Choir summer concerts in Cork. Limerick, and Dublin at the end of the course.

Musical Programme

Singers will be challenged, delighted and rewarded by the repertoire in an enchanting programme that will include newly commissioned pieces featuring alongside dramatic works that span four centuries including Runestad’s One Flock, Panufnik’s Celestial Bird, Chilcott’s I Share Creation, Esenvalds Heaven’s Flock, and pieces by Gibbons, Brahms and Vaughan Williams.


August 16th: Cork
August 19th: Limerick
August 20th: Dublin

How do I apply?

If you have queries about signing up to IYC 2022, please email

You may audition as follows:

  • Submit an application form, including two recordings:
    1. An unedited video recording of yourself singing something of your choice a cappella (without headphones or accompaniment).
    2. An unedited video recording of yourself singing a major scale in steps from your lowest note to your highest to any syllable (e.g. low, doo, ma)
  • You may then be invited to complete the audition via Zoom, to include ear tests and sight-singing (the ability to sight-sing is preferable but not a requirement).

If you have queries about signing up to IYC 2022, please email

*Following a successful audition singers can participate in any IYC courses for two years before being required to re-audition.

Course Fees

Fee TypeDeposit (to be paid on offer of place)WagedStudent/Unwaged- Proof Required
Full Board€100€499€459
Accommodation only€100€370€340
Food Only€100€370€340
Tuition Only€100€260€240

Irish Youth Choirs

The Irish Youth Choirs are run by Sing Ireland, Ireland's national body for the support and promotion of choirs and group singing, with primary strategic funding from the Arts Council of Ireland.

The Irish Youth Choir is made up of Ireland's finest young singers between the ages of 18-28 and has been an important part of Irish musical life since 1982. Following audition, singers meet and work together during the annual summer course and at workshop weekends at various points in the year. The choir benefits from the highest standards in conducting and training, and from encountering an eclectic and advanced repertoire. The Irish Youth Training Choir offers an annual weekend course and concert performance to singers aged 14-17 in preparation for membership of the senior choir.