MARY AMOND O’BRIEN Mary Amond O’Brien began her career in choral music education in 1997, with the formation of Aspiro who have an outstanding track record, both nationally and internationally. Aspiro offers a musical education of the highest artistic standards through the medium of choral music for interested young people in Carlow and surrounding counties. Believing in the innate musical potential of all young people and within a policy of equity and inclusiveness, no auditions are held for membership which makes this successful young choir unique. Focusing mainly on performance Aspiro has also won many awards at Ireland’s major Choral Festivals. Aspiro’s performances have been acclaimed by the Irish Times and Irish Examiner as ‘remarkable’ and Mary’s conducting as ‘vigorous and dynamic’. Mary was appointed choral director of RTÉ Cór na nÓg in 2011. Mary has studied with world renowned choral specialists Dr. Doreen Rao and James Jordan [US] and has received many Arts Council Awards in support of her continuing professional development and is in much demand as a guest director and workshop facilitator.