Bernie Sherlock was appointed Musical Director of the Culwick Choral Society in 2007.
She received her training in choral conducting during two years of study in Hungary with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár. She subsequently studied orchestral conducting for several years with Gerhard Markson before earning a Masters in Musicology and Performance from NUI Maynooth.
Her chamber choir New Dublin Voices has established itself as one of Ireland’s best since its formation in 2005. Known for its television, radio and recording work, and for its innovative concert programming, NDV is also prominent on the international competition circuit with major prizes from elite competitions in France, Germany, Hungary, Finland and Italy, including the Grand Prix at the 2009 Budapest International Choir Competition where Bernie was also awarded the prize for best conductor. NDV was awarded 2nd prize in the 2010 Fleischmann International Competition at the Cork Choral Festival where Bernie also won the International Jury Award. NDV was the 2010 winner of the RTE lyric fm Choirs for Christmas Competition.
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 Feis Ceoil. Under Bernie’s direction the 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 which performed much of the mainstream oratorio repertoire.
Bernie is a Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory and in Trinity College, Dublin where she was conductor of the Dublin University Choral Society for ten years. Under Bernie’s direction the choir released its first CD, a recording of Under No Circumstances by the late Brian Boydell.
Bernie is in demand as an adjudicator and as a teacher of conducting. She is Artistic Director of Educational Programmes for the Association of Irish Choirs and director of its annual Conducting Summer School.