Emer O’Flaherty has been appointed as Music Development Officer to lead the Music Generation Clare programme for the next three years.
Backed by funding from U2 and The Ireland Fund, Clare is one of the areas selected by Music Generation following a competitive process. This will involve an investment of over €400,000 over the next number of years in the development of music education in Clare.
Clare native and former Irish language officer for Clare County Council, Emer will manage and lead the project as Music Development Officer. Emer has worked with Clare County Council for the last number of years as Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge where she led the co-ordination and promotion of Gaeilge in the County on behalf of the local authority, and had responsibility in area offices.
An accomplished singer and musician, Emer has been involved in working with choirs, musical societies and soloists. She is also a composer having written her own solo show and has taught music in Ireland and Canada as a scholar of the ICUF.
A past pupil of Ennis Community College, Emer holds degrees in Law as well as a Masters in Irish Media Studies along with her qualifications in Drama, Voice Flute and Piano.
Clare Music Education Partnership which oversees the Music Generation programme for County Clare is looking forward to working with Emer O’Flaherty in implementing the exciting plans that have been laid down for the development of music education and performance throughout the county. Clare is much renowned for the quality of traditional music in the county. The Music Generation programme will add to and enhance that tradition as well as bringing forward other genres in areas of the county where access to music education may not have the means of availing of music education.
— WestCorkChamberMusic (@Westcorkmusic) May 19, 2014
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