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Bernadette Greevy Bursary for Singers

Bernadette Greevy

The National Concert Hall invites singers to apply for the Bernadette Greevy Bursary. One singer per year will be awarded the bursary of €5,000 by the National Concert Hall, in honour of Irish mezzo-soprano Dr Bernadette Greevy.

About Dr Bernadette Greevy

Dubliner Bernadette Greevy was the first Irish winner of Harriet Cohen International Music Award for Outstanding Artistry. Further honours included:

  •  The Order of Merit of Malta
  •  Honorary Doctorate of Music, National University of Ireland
  •  Honorary Doctorate of Music, Trinity College, Dublin
  •  The Holy Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice

She was the founder and artistic director of the Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival, and further supported student singers through her masterclasses and work as Artist in Residence at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

She is remembered for wonderful performances and recordings of oratorio and song; her recordings include Handel, Haydn, Bach and she was acclaimed in particular for her interpretation of Mahler. She also championed new Irish music, premiering works by Irish composers.

Previous Bernadette Greevy Bursary beneficiaries:

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Entrants may be male or female. They must be resident or domiciled in Ireland, and in third-level education or equivalent.

Each entrant will submit:

  • three copies of an audio CD with a programme of his or her choice of not more than 15 minutes’ length
  • an application form with personal details and the details of his or her programme
  • a letter of recommendation from his or her teacher
by 5.30pm on Monday, 15th May 2017 deadline.
First-round entries will be judged during May, and finalists will be called back for a live audition in June. For this audition, each finalist will be asked to prepare three pieces:
  • a Mahler song
  • a Handel aria
  • a piece by a living Irish composer
The winner of the bursary will receive €5,000, and return to The National Concert Hall at the end of the following year for the Bernadette Greevy Bursary Recital. Please note that previous winners are ineligible to re-enter.

The National Concert Hall wishes to acknowledge the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs for its kind support of the Bernadette Greevy Bursary for Singers.