Hailing from Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, Eileen Foley has been involved with music her entire life.
At the tender age of 11, she learnt to play the church organ alongside singing in the choir. She later progressed to directing the choir and still continues to do so today, arranging four-part harmonies for special programmes for Christmas, Easter and other occasions throughout the year.
Eileen has been the choir director of Coolmine Musical Society, a member of the Dunshaughlin Choral Society and supported the junior choral for many years. She has also been the choir director for Navan Community Singers which attracted people from many different backgrounds who simply wanted to sing; seeing the joy on members’ faces as they blossomed and performed in concert brought Eileen great satisfaction.
Eileen graduated with Master in Choral Studies from Dublin City University in September 2021, and holds a Diploma of Associate in Piano Teaching from Victoria College of Music in London. She is a member the Kodaly Society of Ireland and attended their weekend and summer course in March and July 2019. She is also a member of the Association of Irish Choirs (AOIC) – Sing Ireland – and for three consecutive years between 2017 and 2019 attended the Intensive Conductors Summer Course at Limerick University.
In her new role as choir director of the Loving Life Choir, Eileen says she is very much looking forward to teaching the children and contributing her knowledge and experience.
“I am especially excited the choir is a community choir because it provides me with a range of interesting opportunities and directions to explore with the choir members,” she said.