Our Beloved Team

Singing, PianoAimee Kearney

Aimee Kearney is a seasoned singing and piano instructor with three years of teaching experience at DSM, as well as private lessons and sessions at Rathdown School of Music in Glenageary. A first-class honours graduate in vocal performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Aimee has a deep-rooted passion for classical music and opera. She has showcased her talent in roles such as 'Dominic the prince' in Elisabeth Maconchy's opera The Sofa and 'Suor Genovieffa' in Puccini's Suor Angelica, among others.

Not just a performer, Aimee is also a decorated competitor, clinching multiple awards including the Irish Prize in the Charles Wood song competition and the Irene Sandford Award for singers in 2021. She has graced various prestigious stages like the National Concert Hall and St. Patrick's Cathedral, and has been a guest soloist with ensembles like The Army Band and The Goethe Choir. Additionally, Aimee's artistic endeavours have been recognised through numerous bursaries and grants, including The South Dublin County Council Individual Artist Award and the Count John McCormack bursary.

Singing, PianoNiamh St. John

Niamh is a Voice and Piano teacher. In 2018 Niamh completed her BMus in Vocal Performance in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama under the guidance of Dr. Robert Alderson.

Niamh is very involved with Irish National Opera’s chorus including their most recent productions Verdi’s ‘Aida’, Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly’, Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ and Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ performing in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Cork Opera House and The National Opera House Wexford. Beginning piano at the age of 6 Niamh was immersed in a variety of musical styles, performing in school musicals and singing with the Headford Youth Big Band, while also leading the school orchestra on violin, being a member of Galway Youth Orchestra for six years and a member of a traditional ceili band.

Niamh has sung in a number of places working on her solo career, including being chosen as Boyne’s 2019 Young Artist and performing a recital in Townley Hall. Amongst this Niamh has performed recitals in The Pepper Canister, Christ Church Cathedral, The Pro Cathedral, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Boyle Arts Festival and as a soloist in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral, The National Concert Hall, Bowdon Opera festival Manchester and performed scenes with The RTE Concert Orchestra in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre as part of Irish National Opera’s Yong Artist Showcase and winners of the 2019 Feis Ceoil Ensemble Competition performing scenes from ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lute, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Electric Bass GuitarDarren Loughran

Darren Loughran is a classical guitarist & guitar teacher hailing from Dublin. Growing up in a musical household, his father a traditional concertina player and his mother whom dabbled with the guitar, Darren was greatly encouraged and exposed to music from an early age. Having started on wind instruments as a child with his school band, Darren had his first recording experience at the age of nine and performed with the band in numerous competitions and concerts across the country, mainly Irish music.
At the age of 14, Darren received his first guitar and in his teens studied with guitar teacher Tony Lee. Following this Darren completed a diploma in music performance and technology before moving on to study classical guitar with Alan Grundy at the Dublin Conservatory of Music (DIT) and was the first student to receive their Advanced 2 diploma. Darren has also received instruction on a number of occasions from world renowned classical guitarist Denis Azabagic.

Baritone, SingingDylan Rooney

Irish baritone Dylan Rooney, raised in Co. Tipperary, completed a Bachelor in Music Performance degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Trinity College, Dublin, under the vocal tutelage of Virginia Kerr, in 2019. Recently, he has completed a Masters in Performance degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, with singing teacher, Robert Dean.
Some recent performance highlights for Dylan include soloist at the: Summer Festival of Opera at Killruddery House – Dublin, IRL, and Reception of the Newly Appointed Irish Ambassador to the UK – London, UK.
In the past, Dylan has represented the Royal Irish Academy of Music as one of its chosen ambassadors, performing a series of concerts entitled: Artist’s Choice – New York, USA.
Dylan’s operatic performances to date include, Mozart’s, La Finta Giardinera (Nardo), Britten’s, Noye’s Fludde (Noye), and the Irish premier of Francesca Caccini’s, Alcina (Ruggiero). More recently, he performed as part of onstage chorus in a professional production of Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore with West Green Opera, in London.
Dylan has achieved several awards and bursaries through classical singing competitions at Feis Ceoil which include the: Vincent O’ Brien Cup, Baritone Solo Cup, Sligo Cup, John McCormack Society Cup and Bursary, and Hazelwood House Bursary.
Dylan has also participated in several masterclasses in Ireland and abroad, with esteemed singers and coaches such as: Dame Anne Murray, Brenda Hurley, Dr. Matteo Dalle Fratte, Bruno Caproni, and Julian Evans.

Vocals, Early Grade PianoSiobhán Franks

Siobhán Franks joined Dublin School of Music teaching Vocals and early grade piano.

Siobhan has a background in performance and songwriting as an Solo Artist.
Siobhán also works at BIMM Dublin; Irelands modern music & performance college and focuses teachings on performance anxiety and vocal techniques.

FluteKristina Gerasimova

Kristina Gerasimova is a flautist from Cyprus studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is currently studying her Bachelors of Music Performance with Vourneen Ryan and Susan Doyle. In 2020, Kristina passed the ABRSM flute exam 8 GRADE with distinction and was a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra as a piccolo player with maestro Giorgos Kunturis. During her school studies at the Larnaca Music Lyceum, she took part in music flute competitions: April 2021, the international competition in Kharkov, Ukraine, was awarded the third prize; Nov 2021, pan-Greek competition Solon Mikhailidis, awarded with a diploma of distinction; June 2022, the first pan-Cypriot competition of music schools, was awarded the first prize. In 2021 she attended a master class with Natalia Geraki Prof. Athens Conservatoire and Lecturer State at University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.

Piano, Singing, Musical Theatre, Electronic KeyboardAnna Devine

Anna Devine's musical journey is as eclectic as it is impressive, characterized by her hauntingly beautiful vocals and her ability to weave various musical genres into her work. With a BA First Class Honours Degree in Music and Business from NUI Maynooth, Anna's diverse performances range from captivating solo gigs to touring with renowned bands and orchestras.

Her voice has graced stages across Europe, enchanting audiences at prominent festivals and with prestigious groups like the RTE Concert Orchestra. Anna's talent shines not only live but also in the recording studio, having worked in Ireland's top studios and on national television and radio.

A prominent soloist with the Dublin Gospel Choir since 2010, Anna has performed alongside notable artists, contributing to awe-inspiring performances at major Irish venues and festivals. Her voice elevates the emotional depth of any song, engaging listeners with its power and poignancy.

Anna's passion for music extends into education, where she has been imparting her knowledge in singing, musical theatre, piano, and keyboard since 2011. As the Dublin Representative for the London College of Music, she organizes exams and nurtures her students' confidence and talents. Whether for leisure or exams, Anna emphasizes the joy of performance and the personal growth that comes through music.

FluteKristina Gerasimova

Kristina Gerasimova is a flautist from Cyprus studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is currently studying her Bachelors of Music Performance with Vourneen Ryan and Susan Doyle. In 2020, Kristina passed the ABRSM flute exam 8 GRADE with distinction and was a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra as a piccolo player with maestro Giorgos Kunturis. During her school studies at the Larnaca Music Lyceum, she took part in music flute competitions: April 2021, the international competition in Kharkov, Ukraine, was awarded the third prize; Nov 2021, pan-Greek competition Solon Mikhailidis, awarded with a diploma of distinction; June 2022, the first pan-Cypriot competition of music schools, was awarded the first prize. In 2021 she attended a master class with Natalia Geraki Prof. Athens Conservatoire and Lecturer State at University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart.

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele and Muisic TechnologyDave Long

Dave is a seasoned musician with over two decades of experience as a professional drummer and guitarist, boasting a diverse portfolio of performances in venues throughout Ireland. With five years of teaching under his belt across four different schools, Dave's expertise extends beyond drumming and guitar to encompass bass guitar, ukulele, and music technology. His musical journey is underpinned by a solid educational foundation, including drum line experience with the Tallaght Youth Band (Marching Vikings), a diploma from BCFE (Ballyfermot), and a certificate from Pulse College, alongside 15 years of delivering captivating performances at weddings, seamlessly blending ceremonies, drinks receptions, dinner music, and evening entertainment.

Classical Music, PianoAurora Vicente

Aurora is from Madrid, Spain but has been living and teaching music in Ireland for the last 20 years. Focusing primarily on the classical genre, she prepares students for the ABRSM/RIAM exams as well Junior and Leaving Cert. Aurora also loves teaching students who want to learn just for fun and enjoys working on pop, rock and jazz pieces.

Aurora graduated from the Superior Conservatory of Madrid with degrees in Piano (1998), Theory of Music and Accompaniment (1999) and Musicology (2002). She also an MLit in Irish Folklore (2007) from UCD.

Classical Singing & PianoAnna Carney

Originally from Scotland but now living and working in Dublin, Anna has a total of around a decade’s teaching experience in various styles and disciplines ranging from traditional folk music to opera and classical singing. She attended the TU Dublin Conservatory of Music (DIT), and graduated in 2022 with a first class honours in vocal performance and musicology.

Beginning with a number of years of work with Scottish Opera, Anna has performed with the chorus of the Irish National Opera in many of their productions, and regularly sings in choirs around the city. Based in Old Bawn, she teaches classical singing and piano.

Multi-instrumentalist Music TeacherPetar Krivitsky

Petar Krivitsky is an established multi-instrumentalist performer and teacher born in Sofia, Bulgaria. His musical training and education varies from the styles of classical to rock and jazz music. He has graduated and received professional certification from the "National School of Music - Lyubomir Pipkov" (Bulgaria), specialising in "Classical Double Bass". Thereafter he completes a dual "Bachelor of Arts" degree at the "National Academy of Music - Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgaria" (three years) followed by a one year "Erasmus exchange" in "DCU", Dublin with Guitar and Double Bass in the areas of "Jazz and contemporary music performance".

Petar has played music from the age of ten, with Guitar and Ukulele being his first instruments. At the age of fourteen he actively picks up the upright bass and bass guitar, whilst continuing to develop his guitar skills. At that time he participates in several domestic and international electric guitar competitions where he is placed 1-st prize on multiple occasions and has been awarded musical instruments. Alongside them, he also signs up and wins many Classical Double Bass competitions, where he gains success and valuable experience. During that period, he performs in rock and funk bands playing the electric bass. In 2016 he performs a fully coordinated live show with his neo-funk group in Bulgaria with American saxophonist Casey Benjamin, who is a member of the Robert Glasper Experiment, which won a Grammy Award for "Best R&B Album" for their album Black Radio. In 2018 he travels with his high school Big Band as a guitar player to Cincinnati, USA, upon invitation to take part in a jazz big band competition where they win 1-st place among five other American ensembles. In most recent times, Petar participates in several Jazz projects, playing double bass and traveling abroad for festivals. He is a teacher in DSM since September of 2023 and has thoroughly proved himself to be an innovative provider of musical knowledge and practical skill assets, amongst all age groups of students.

Singing & PianoClíodhna Regan

Clíodhna Regan is a 21 year old Soprano from Dunshaughlin, Meath. Clíodhna is under the tutelage of Mairead Buicke in the TUD Conservatoire of Music and Drama where she is in her third year of study for her BA in Music performance. Cliodhna has worked professionally in the operatic choruses such as Blackwater Valley Opera festival for the past two years. Clíodhna is a Feis Ceoil prize winner in 3 instruments. Most recently the Milne Cup in the Senior vocal competitions. Notably winner of the Nancy Calthorpe Memorial Prize for Harp and voice in 2019 and twice placing 2nd in the U18 organ Feis. Clíodhna was fortunate to have received a place in the TUD Conservatoires’ musical excellence programme for organ in 2019.
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