IYC Summer Course 2021

The Irish Youth Choir and conductor Bernie Sherlock are celebrating a fresh start in 2021. An exciting Spring Series will lead up to the IYC's annual flagship event: this year's summer course, 13th – 22nd August 2021, 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 new, internationally-acclaimed conductor and artistic director, Bernie Sherlock.

To complement her work with the choir, Bernie has assembled a team of brilliant vocal tutors to work separately with each of the SATB lines: Aisling Kenny, Christina Whyte, Alan Leech, and Brian Dungan.

The IYC summer course also offers individual singing lessons, skills-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 Limerick, and Dublin at the end of the course.

Musical Programme

Singers will be challenged, delighted and rewarded by the music on this year's course. The programme will introduce specially commissioned new works from Ireland's Seán Doherty – whose intensely atmospheric Under-Song is also included – and Eoin Conway which will receive their world premieres in the closing concerts.

At the heart of Bernie's programme is Cloudburst, American composer Eric Whitacre's exciting and highly personal response to a rare, first-hand experience of the desert. Responses to nature and landscape continue in I Share Creation by Bob Chilcott (England), Voice on the Wind by Sarah Quartel (Canada), and in pieces by Marcos Leite (Brazil), Claudio Monteverdi (Italy), Jim Clements (England), and Craig Hella Johnson and Rosephanye Powell (USA).

  • Cloudburst Eric Whitacre
  • With a Lily in Your Hand Eric Whitacre
  • I Share Creation Bob Chilcott
  • Ecco mormorar l’onde Monteverdi
  • Let the rivers run (arr.) Craig Hella Johnson
  • Tres cantos Nativos (arr.) Marcos Leite
  • Under-song Seán Doherty
  • New Commission Seán Doherty
  • New Commission Eoin Conway
  • Voice on the Wind Sarah Quartel
  • Sorida Rosephanye Powell
  • Underneath the Stars (arr.) Jim Clements


St Mary’s Cathedral Limerick - 21st August
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin - 22nd August

How do I apply?

If you have queries about signing up to IYC 2021, please email info@singireland.ie

You may choose to audition in one of two ways:

Option 1:

  • Submit an application form
  • You will then be invited to audition via Zoom, to include a range test, one own choice song unaccompanied, ear tests, and sight-singing.

Option 2:

  • 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).

Course Fees

Sing Ireland intends to run our courses this summer, ideally face-to-face but possibly online depending on COVID restrictions. We will collect deposits for the course to secure a place and will reduce this deposit amount from the final course fees once the format is confirmed. In the unlikely event that the course is entirely canceled for any reason then a full refund of the deposit will be given.

A deposit is requested to secure your place following a successful audition.

Fee TypeDeposit (to be paid on offer of place)WagedStudent/Unwaged- Proof Required
Full Board€100€499€459

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.