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 singer of classical music and light opera, traditional, pop, and musical theatre. A piano and singing teacher by profession, she was extremely fortunate that her mother’s foresight and insistence ensured that she received her early musical training with the legendary Sr. Agnes Cecelia Nolan in Arklow, before going on to further study at the College Of Music with Mary Ellison and Ann Marie O'Sullivan.
Naoimh 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’). In theatre she has played many leading roles including Nora (The Plough and the Stars), Julie, (Carousel), Eliza (My Fair Lady), Stella (Streetcar Named Desire), Mabel (Mack & Mabel), Ruth, (The New Pirates of Penzance), Marta (Company) and Adelaide (Guys and Dolls). She has been twice runner-up in the AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) 'Best Actress' category for the roles of Nancy (Oliver) and Emily (The Hired Man), and won the award in 2003 for her portrayal of Lola (Copacabana). She recently performed in an acclaimed production of 'Side by Side by Sondheim' in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, Co. Wicklow. She has also peformed as soloist in the National Concert Hall and at the Helix, Dublin.
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. She works as Chorus Mistress and Musical Director for Avonmore Musical Society’s ‘Showstoppers’ productions, compiling varied and exciting programs each year to showcase the group’s range and diversity.
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 Acting Degree 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 it's 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.
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