Mary Amond O'Brien

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.

June 5, 2015

Sing and Shine Part II

In this blog, as the ‘Sing and Shine’ programme draws to a close, we talk to Mary Amond O’Brien about the positive impact that this project […]
May 8, 2015

Sing and Shine – A Health, Wellbeing and Music Project in the Community

Mary Amond O’Brien is a busy woman. In addition to her choir work as Artistic Director with Aspiro and Music Director with Cór na n’Óg, she […]
July 7, 2014


I was very happily teaching piano in Bennekerry primary school in Carlow, when Trudi Shannon the principal approached me about forming a school choir.  I had […]