BA (Hons) Humanities with Music, Dip. Mus., L.T.C.L., A.L.C.M.
A versatile singer with many voices to her name, Naoimh is an accomplished performer of classical music and light opera, traditional, pop, and musical theatre. A piano and singing teacher and choral director by profession, she was extremely fortunate that her beloved late mother, Claire Kavanagh, had the foresight and insistence to ensure that she received her early advanced musical training with the legendary Sr. Agnes Cecilia Nolan in St. Mary's College, Arklow, before progressing to further study at the D.I.T. College Of Music with Mary Ellison and Ann Marie O'Sullivan.
Naoimh is an established and respected performer and teacher of piano and singing in Co. Wicklow, with many of her past pupils going on to study at third level and carve out successful careers in the world of music. She is currently employed by the VEC as vocal coach for the Performing Arts and Dance students in The Bray Institute of Further Education. Her greatest joy as a teacher is derived from encouraging singers from all musical backgrounds to find their voice and develop it to its full potential. Inspiring confidence in each individual and a life-long love of singing is the philosophy at the heart of The Penston Vocal Academy.h has numerous TV appearances as a singer/songwriter to her credit, having performed on RTE, (Eurosong ’95 runner-up) BBC, and LWT (Special guest artist on ‘My Kind of Music’), and most recently featuring on RTE Nationwide's Feis Ceoil special programme in recognition of her teaching and performance accomplishments.
theatre she has played many leading roles including, most recently, Svetlana (Chess, WLOS), Alice
Beineke in the Irish premiere of The Addams Family, (Avonmore MS) and Sukie
Rougemont, (Witches of Eastwick, WLOS). She has been nominated as AIMS ‘Best
Actress’ for the roles of Nancy (Oliver!, 2001) and Emily Tallentire (The Hired Man, 2003),
winning the award for her portrayal of Lola La Mar (Copacabana, 2004). In 2012,
Naoimh was nominated both for AIMS ‘Best Singer’ for the role of Sally
(Follies, WLOS) and for Best Supporting Actress for The Witch (Into the Woods,
Stagebratz), winning the Supporting Actress award.
She has performed as soloist in the National Concert Hall on many occassions, but most recently in 'Forget Me Not', the hugely successful fundraising concert staged and produced by Naoimh and her daughters Amy, and Leah, in aid the Alzheimer's Assocaiation. She has also performed regularly at the Helix, Dublin, and most recently at the AIMS Encore concert at The Bord Gais Theatre.
As a writer, Naoimh has enjoyed success with her songs nationally and abroad, in song contests and as a recorded artist. She has played extensively on the live music circuit with the duo ‘Penston & Harper’ promoting their CD, ‘The Valley Project’ - a fusion of traditional classics and original songs- and performing annually at The Kansas City Irish Music Festival.
In addition to her teaching and performance work, Naoimh works as Chorus Mistress and Musical Director for Avonmore Musical Society in Arklow, who in 2016 won 3rd place in the Gilbert section of the Association of Irish Musical Societies' (AIMS) Best Overall Show category with their production of 'Evita'.
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