Irish Youth Training Choir

What is the Irish Youth Training Choir?

The Irish Youth Training Choir (IYTC) provides enthusiastic young singers, aged 14-17, the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of group singing in the beautiful residential setting of the University of Limerick. Singers learn a wide variety of music and develop their vocal technique under the guidance of the choir’s principal conductor, Patrick Barrett, and a team of leading professional musicians. We welcome singers from all backgrounds and no previous experience of choral singing or reading music is necessary. As a member of IYTC you’ll enjoy singing alongside like-minded musicians, develop your musicianship and singing and make friends for life!

What can I expect from the courses?

The IYTC residential courses are approx. five days long. During the course, your timetable will be jam-packed with physical and vocal warm-ups, musicianship classes, sectionals and full choir rehearsals - a complete singing experience! There’s plenty of down-time too with sports and other activities organised as part of the course. You’ll sleep in university apartments and eat meals together in the college restaurant. You’ll definitely work hard at IYTC, but you’ll also have lots of fun and deliver brilliant concerts at the end of the course; a feeling like no other

Patrick Barrett is an Irish conductor specialising in choral music and opera. He is currently Chorus Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s Junior Choruses, University of Reading Chamber Choir and Artistic Director of the award winning choir - Farnham Youth Choir. He also regularly works with the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Previous roles include Guest Chorus Master for the CBSO Children’s Chorus under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Conductor of the University of Birmingham's Women’s Choir and Brockham Choral Society.

Patrick studied Music Education at Trinity College Dublin and TU including additional study at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary as part of the Erasmus programme. In 2015, he completed an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Neil Ferris and Sarah Tenant-Flowers.

Am I eligible?

We are accepting applications for all voice types to partake in the 2022 season.

  • Applicants must be Irish or resident in Ireland
  • Applicants must be aged 14 - 17 during the course
  • Applicants will have successfully completed the informal audition*

In exceptional circumstances people not fitting these criteria may be considered

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

You may choose to audition in one of two ways:


Option 1. Live Zoom audition


Here you’ll meet Patrick who will invite you to sing a song (unaccompanied or with your own accompaniment). Patrick will then explore your vocal range with you to get a sense of what part you would sing in the choir.

Option 2. Pre-recorded audition

  • Submit an application form, including two recordings:
    1. An unedited video of yourself singing a song of your choice (unaccompanied or with your own accompaniment).
    2. An unedited video of yourself singing a major scale in steps from your lowest note to your highest on any syllable (e.g. low, doo, ma).
CourseDatesLocationCost
Easter CourseTBC
Summer Course9-15 JulyUniversity of Limerick€380 Full board (Tuition, accommodation, food) €300 Tuition only (no food)

Sing Ireland would like all who want to partake in its programmes to be in a position to so. If financial or other barriers exist for you, please do get in touch and we can discuss options.