Karen Dervan Appointed to New Role with Music Generation

Karen Dervan

Karen Dervan Appointed to New Role with Music Generation

Viola player and Kaleidoscope curator will be responsible for developing music education in Galway city.

Viola player and curator of the Kaleidoscope concert series Karen Dervan has been appointed Music Generation Development Officer for Galway city.

Dervan will have responsibility for developing music education in the city for children and young people aged 0 to 18.  This will include building partnerships with schools and youth and community groups.

Music Generation, the national music education programme, announced its expansion into nine new areas, including Galway city and county, in September 2017. The city and county branches are currently seeking to hire three more administrators.

Commenting on her appointment Dervan, who is from Galway, said

Since the age of 4, music has had a central place in my life. As a performer, it has always fascinated me to see what music essentially means to different people and how a live music experience translates into a unique perspective for everyone involved. As a curator and producer, I’ve had a chance to hone my own philosophy on how to really reach people with music.

In this new role I’m particularly looking forward to reaching many children and young people in Galway City with the beautiful message of music, so that our next generation can gain their own musical perspectives, reach their fullest creative potential, and simply enjoy music in their lives.

Dervan is a professional viola player, arranger and producer who has performed with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera and Lyric Opera Orchestra. She graduated from University College Cork with a degree in English and Music followed by a Master’s degree in Classical Strings Performance from the University of Limerick. Since 2014 she has co-curated, with Lioba Petrie, the successful music series Kaleidoscope in Dublin.

For more, visit www.musicgeneration.ie.

Published on 1 March 2019

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