Amy Ryan studied at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary, earning a Master’s degree and Advanced Diploma (distinction) in Music Education and Choral Conducting respectively, studying under Peter Erdei and Dr. László Nemes. During her time at the Institute, she worked as teaching assistant and was awarded the “red diploma” for academic excellence. She completed her undergraduate degree at the CIT Cork School of Music in 2007, and also holds an Associate diploma in Cello Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Amy currently lectures in Music at Trinity College, Dublin and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is in demand as a choral conductor and workshop facilitator: in addition to conducting Jubilate, she is also Artistic Director of the UCD Philharmonic Choir, conductor of award-winning chamber choir, Cuore, and the Irish-language ladies choir, Cór Duibhlinne. Amy is also Assistant Director of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir, and has worked with such groups as the Irish Youth Choir, the Irish Youth Chamber Choir.
She has participated in masterclasses both in Ireland and abroad with Robert Houlihan, Doreen Rao, Ghislaine Morgan, Volker Hempfling and David Lawrence. She has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a cellist and flautist, currently plays cello with the Hibernian Orchestra and sings with the Mornington Singers. Amy also sits on the committee of the Kodály Society of Ireland and regularly teaches Solfège and Choral Conducting on its summer programmes.