Master of Arts in Classical String Performance in association with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and the Irish Chamber Orchestra

At the heart of the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s vision is a passionate commitment to developing the next generation of creative classical musicians in Ireland and beyond.

Since 2015, the ICO’s involvement has been a cornerstone of the MA in Classical String Performance at the University of Limerick, a unique two-year full-time programme offering advanced tuition in violin, viola, cello and double bass. Focusing on musicianship and chamber music skills, the MA encourages students to develop their individual voices, discovering what it is they have to say and how to express it most powerfully. Students experiment with a range of art forms, drawing on theatre and movement techniques to help bring their music to life.

Our outstanding musicians, all experts in their field, deliver individual lessons, technique classes and chamber music classes, including sessions in orchestral excerpts, sight-reading, dalcroze, traditional and world music. Students are given opportunities to perform in chamber ensembles with members of the ICO, and automatically qualify for a place on the twice yearly Irish Chamber Orchestra Academy project.

Applications are now open for MA Classical Strings course, commencing September 2022.

The course offers online and in-person auditions regularly throughout the year. Please contact the course director directly to enquire if spaces are still available and when the next auditions will be held.

Late applications may be considered depending on place availability.

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The University of Limerick’s MA in Classical String Performance, run in partnership with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, is running its 5th Academy Project, an intensive few days rehearsing and performing with ICO principals, directed by Diane Daly. Advanced 3rd level, string players explore fun, creative, embodied ways to rehearse and perform chamber music to an exceptionally high standard. The ICOA Spring 2022 will take place at the University of Limerick starting 11am Saturday 12th March and finishes 2pm on Wednesday 16th March. St. Patricks Day is on the 17th! Hotel accommodation will be provided. The ICOA does not charge a fee for this wonderful opportunity. Successful applicants pay their own travel expenses. There are limited places as priority goes to the current students on the University of Limerick/ICO MA programme. To apply, send a cover letter describing yourself and why you wish to come, a current CV and a recent video recording to

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