Aoifìn Shorten – Piano/Vocal/Girls Academy Choir
Aoifín Shorten is from Dublin and is delighted to be part of the Sligo Academy of Music now that she has moved to live in Sligo. She started playing the piano at the age of 5 and attended the RIAM for 13 years. She competed in many competitions during that time, performed in concerts and completed all exams.
She completed third level education at combined Trinity College and Froebel College of Education, earning a B.Ed. degree. During that time she was in constant demand as an accompanist to musical shows, choirs, dance schools and solo performers.
As a primary teacher her musical training has benefited the children with whom she works, teaching piano and founding and conducting the St. Mary’s Boys’ Choir, which counted regular concert tours of Austria and the Czech Republic amongst its many activities.
As a singer, Aoifín attended Daniel McNulty for vocal lessons in her earlier years. Of late she was a student with Katy Kelly. Her choral singing began at the age of 10 under the baton of Seán Creamer in The Park Singers. Since that time she has sung in many choirs, including the Irish Youth Choir with Jeffrey Spratt, the RTE Philharmonic Choir with Colin Mawby, Mark Duley and Mark Hindley. With her move to Sligo she has joined the ranks of the Orpheus Choir under the baton of the Academy’s own Austin McManus.