Bernie Sherlock is a leading choral director. She has won prizes for her conducting in Finland, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Ireland. She works as an adjudicator, choral expert, and teacher of conducting and aural training at festivals and workshops around Europe as well as in the US, Canada and China. She is artistic director of the International Choral Conducting Summer School which is run by the Association of Irish Choirs at the University of Limerick.
Bernie is the founder-conductor of the award-winning chamber choir New Dublin Voices, critically acclaimed for its innovative concert programming and its work in television, radio and recording. The choir has a strong record at Europe’s leading competitions, recently winning first prize in the mixed choir competition at the 2018 Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Hungary, and the Grand Prix at the 2017 International Baltic Sea Choir Competition in Latvia.Among many other prizes and awards over the years, New Dublin Voices has previously come first in the international class at the Cork International Choral Festival (2015), the Grand Prix at Concoroso Polifonico in Arezzo (2013), all six prizes at the 2011 International Choir Contest of Maasmechelen in Belgium, and the Grand Prix at the 2009 Budapest International Choir Competition.
Bernie is a Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama where she is director of the DIT Chamber Choir and the DIT Youth Choir. 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 during his years as principal conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, leading to a Masters in conducting from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.