Bernie Sherlock studied choral conducting for two years with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár in Hungary, followed by orchestral conducting with Gerhard Markson in Dublin. She earned a BA in music from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in performance from NUI Maynooth.
Her award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices is a consistent prize-winner at major competitions around Europe as well as in Ireland. Bernie has an international profile as an adjudicator, choral animateur, teacher of conducting and aural training and she has won several international prizes for her conducting and interpretation.
She is a Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory of Music, has been Artistic Director of the AOIC’s annual Conducting Summer School since 2008, and is the Irish representative on the World Choir Council. Bernie has been Musical Director of the Culwick Choral Society since 2008.
International award-winning New Dublin Voices is a leading Irish chamber choir. Founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005, from the start NDV has presented concert programmes that are fresh, innovative, and exciting, ranging widely in style and period from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers, leading the way in performing, premiering, commissioning and disseminating Irish choral music and introducing international choral music to Irish audiences, accumulating in a huge number of Irish premieres, as well as 35 world premieres by Irish composers.
NDV has won prizes at major competitions in France, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, England and Italy, including first prize at the Concorso Polifonico in Arezzo, Italy in August 2013, the Grand Prix at the 12th Budapest International Choir Competition 2009, all six prizes at the 2011 International Choir Contest of Maasmechelen, Belgium, and the Fleischmann International Trophy at the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival. New Dublin Voices was also selected to take part in four of Europe’s most prestigious festivals:
Their latest CD, «Music from Ireland», is devoted to music by Irish composers and was released in 2014 by Ireland’s leading record label, RTÉ lyric fm.
The singers who make up New Dublin Voices come from many backgrounds but share in common high levels of experience and musicianship, a commitment to attracting new audiences, and above all a love of performing excellent choral music.