Ciara is a professional freelance musician, Conservatoire Coordinator and lecturer of oboe and classroom teaching at the CIT Cork School of Music. She recently moved home to Ireland from the greater Denver area (Colorado, U.S.A.). She has played regularly with the Colorado Symphony, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, the Ulster Orchestra, the co-founded Airde Ensemble, and at the Buell Theatre in Denver. Until May 2016 she was a graduate teacher at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she completed her Doctoral degree in Oboe Performance and Pedagogy.
As a professionally trained multi-instrumentalist, Ciara plays oboe, Cor Anglais, flute, traditional Irish flute, tin whistle, recorder, baroque oboe, Native American flutes and has even been known to dabble with the saxophone!
Ciara completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied with Peter Cooper, Jason Lichtenwalter and James Brody. Previous to her doctoral study, Ciara completed a Master of Music degree (2013) as a Fulbright student at the University of Colorado, a Graduate Diploma in Music Education from the University of Limerick, and a Bachelor of Music degree (2009) at the CIT Cork School of Music, Ireland studying with Aisling Casey, Matthew Manning and Katrina Emtage. Her early musical training took place at the ETB County Cork School of Music with Conor O'Connell, and at the Cork School of Music with Sarah Burn.
Ciara is an experienced and dedicated educator. She was a Lead Graduate Teacher for the University of Colorado where she provided pedagogical training and professional development for graduate students and trainee teachers from departments across the entire university campus. Ciara was awarded two "Best Should Teach" awards by the university in 2014 and 2015.
Ciara has now relocated to Cork (Ireland) and is available for lessons, weddings, masterclasses and performances.
Ciara is supported by Music Network's Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.
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