Bernie Sherlock is the conductor of the multi-award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices which she founded in 2005, and of the Culwick Choral Society. She received her training in choral conducting from Ildikó Herboly Kocsár and Peter Erdei during two years of study in Hungary. She subsequently continued her studies with Gerhard Markson and earned a Masters in Conducting from NUI Maynooth. Bernie has extensive experience directing a wide range of choirs. She was for ten years the Choral Director at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, during which time she led the DIT Chamber Choir to numerous first prizes at the Cork International Choral Festival and at Dublin Feis Ceoil. Under Bernie’s direction the Chamber Choir was the Conservatory’s first ensemble to record a CD when Carols for Christmas was released to great acclaim in December 2000. She also conducted the larger DIT Choral Society in performances of the mainstream oratorio repertoire.
Bernie is a Music Lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. She also lectured for many years in the School of Music, Trinity College Dublin, where she was conductor of the Dublin University Choral Society from 1999-2008. Under Bernie’s direction the choir released its first CD, a recording of Under No Circumstances by the late Brian Boydell.
She is in demand as an adjudicator and as a teacher of conducting, and is Artistic Director of Educational Programmes for the Association of Irish Choirs, including the annual Choral Conducting Summer School.