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Our Team

Aishling Barry- Piano & Theory

Aishling Barry has been teaching piano and music theory since 2010. She studied for her Royal Irish Academy Associate Teaching Diploma in piano at the Peter Dee Academy of Music and is currently undertaking further studies. She began her musical career at the age of 8 studying piano and in later years also studied banjo and traditional Irish music. She received her Bachelor of Business Studies from UL in 2003 while continuing her musical studies throughout and after many years of working in Marketing decided to pursue music full time. She joined the Croagh team in 2013.


James Anglim- Accordion, Tin Whistle, Guitar, Drums, Bodhrán, Banjo

James Anglim teaches guitar, drums and a variety of traditional Irish instruments at the school as well as preparing our traditional Irish music group. He has performed all over the world with the Irish music and dance show Rhythm of the Dance and is an entertainer at the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. James is a graduate of University College Cork where he studied a Bachelor of Music degree (BMus) before studying a Masters in Irish Traditional Music performance and the Graduate Diploma in Education (Music) at the University of Limerick. James has received an award for the highest result at the Scrúdú Ceol Tíre examinations which he studied under Siobháin Ní Chonaráin and went on the study the Teastas Teagaisc Ceolta Tíre (TTCT) diploma course in Irish Traditional Music Education. James studied piano and theory at the Limerick School of Music and before joining us here in Croagh in 2006 had previously taught at various Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branches and at both University College Cork and the University of Limerick.

Fiona Linnane- Piano, Clarinet, Voice, Recorder

Originally from Cratloe in County Clare educator and composer Fiona Linnane has been based in County Limerick for ten years.  She has been a member of the faculty at Croagh School of Music since 2005.  Other work in education includes Artist in Schools projects with Limerick, Clare and Tipperary Arts Council; Piano accompanist for state examinations and Music Examiner with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


An award winning composer, Fiona has held residencies at the Opera at Castalia Festival, Kilkenny; the Artist in the Community project Bells Across The Burren at Burren College of Art, County Clare; Vocalypse Opera From Scratch, Nova Scotia, Canada and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan.  Her work has been performed in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, France and Czech Republic.  In 2014 she released her first album Magic – a collection of works for solo piano with a second piano album due for release in 2015.


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Meaghan Haughian- Flute, Whistle , Guitar, Piano

Meaghan Haughian is a flute player, singer, and multi-instrumentalist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. After receiving a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) and Bachelor of Education in 2011, she taught band, choir, and guitar in the Saskatchewan school system. She has also been involved in Irish music, singing in both English and Irish and playing flute, whistle, and uilleann pipes. In 2018 she received her MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick, and as part of her thesis she directed the cór Gaelach (Irish language choir) “Cór Cois Sionna” while studying the uilleann pipes and participating in as many sessions as possible. She currently resides in Limerick and teaches flute and whistle.

Aoife Chawke has been teaching piano and music theory since 2009. She became a student of the Croagh School of Music in 2001 and studied there until completing her Associate Teaching Diploma in piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She went on to study piano under Anthony Byrne, senior lecturer in the Royal Irish Academy of Music, before attending the Cork School of Music. Here Aoife studied piano under Nicholas O’Halloran and specialised in instrumental and class teaching before completing her BMus degree. Aoife then went on to Mary Immaculate College where she is currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Gwen Moore. Her current research investigates alternative formal and non-formal pedagogical approaches in the one-to-one piano lesson, and their role in students’ perceived learning experience and musical skill attainment.

In addition to teaching and research, Aoife is an active performer and accompanist. In 2010 she joined the contemporary music group CoMA Limerick and has since played piano with the ensemble, performing a wide variety of music including many premieres of works by well-known living composers. In 2014 Aoife was involved in a fantastic project with composer Fiona Linnane, performing on her first solo piano album ‘Magic’ which is now available in local music shops, online and on iTunes. After a successful collaboration Aoife continued to work with Fiona and together formed Redline Music Ireland in 2017, whose flagship programme provides piano teachers and students with a popular music syllabus and assessment opportunities.

Aoife Chawke- Piano, Theory

Marian Giltenane is pianist, flautist and an educator of music. She studied her music degree at WIT in 2000. Majoring in composition under Dr Eric Sweeney.  Since then she has continued her studies in the Irish World Music Centre. She was awarded a Graduate diploma in Music education in 2003 and a masters in community Music in 2004. As an educator she has a vast amount of teaching experience teaching in secondary schools, working with Irish Chamber orchestra, and as a concert facilitator at the Irish world music centre.  She teaches piano, keyboard and Traditional Flute and prepares students for the Junior and Leaving cert music.

She is the founder member with her husband Darren Murphy of the Croagh School of Music. With her vision and high levels of motivation the school has gone from strength to strength. Her entrepreneurial spirit in combination with natural musical talent has shone through.


Marian Giltenane- Co-Director. Piano, Flute,Tin Whistle and Junior Cert Music

Heidi Deisch- Voice

Heidi Deisch is a vocalist, performer and director. She grew up in Colorado where she attended Denver School of the Arts as a Vocal major and Creative Writing minor. She went on to receive her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Wyoming, during which she had the opportunity to study abroad attending Lorenzo de Medici in Italy. While on a classical track curriculum in Wyoming she pursued her varied musical interests in composition, conducting and world music. Heidi received a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology and a Master of Arts in Performance from University College Cork.


Heidi has had the opportunity to work with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, and the Birmingham University Chamber Choir. She has performed around the United States, competed as a national finalist in the Classical Singers competition in New York, and has begun performing around Europe. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with many composers and the privilege of participating in premier performances for composers including Jennifer Higdon and Dorone Paris. Most recently Heidi was the musical director for Chester College's summer session in Spain, during which she directed both Annie and West Side Story.




Valentina Vilchanska – Piano

Valentina hails from a very strong musical background which includes her father, an accordion teacher in Art and Music College, her mother, a music teacher in pre-school and primary school and her brother who is a successful Sound Producer in Ukraine. She has been immersed in music since the tender age of five when she performed in a family band alongside her father, brother and two cousins. Valentina started learning to play the piano at the age of 8 in the Music School in her hometown of Ternopil, Ukraine.    


In 1996 she graduated from Ternopil Pedagogical University as a Primary School Teacher and Music Teacher and worked in both primary and secondary schools in her home country before moving to Ireland in 2001. Valentina has been registered with the Irish Teaching Council since 2003 and has taught Music Theory in St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary Town.  In 2005 she joined our team in Croagh School of Music as a full time piano teacher. Combining the best of Irish and Ukrainian principles of teaching music she offers a complete professional music education for all ages and grades.


Darren Murphy -  Co-Director. Piano and Guitar, Music Theory Composition and Leaving Cert Music.

Darren Murphy is a guitarist, pianist, composer and arranger and co-founder of the Croagh School of Music. Darren started piano at the age of nine and moved on to classical guitar and theory at the age of 14 studying under Andrew Robinson at Maoin Cheoil an Chlair and  went on to study composition and theory with George Dunne at the Cork School of Music. Darren obtained his music degree from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2000 studying performance with Conall McKay, Gwen Moore and Michael O Toole, and composition under Dr.Eric Sweeney. Following this with an M.A in Ethnomusicology from University of Limerick under Dr John Morgan O’Connell. As an educator Darren returned to Maoin Ceoil an Chlair as Classical Guitar and Leaving Cert teacher and co- founded the Croagh School of Music in 2001.

Darren enjoys performing in many genres and groups such as and has performed throughout Britain and Europe. He is also interested in contemporary composition and is also a member of CoMA Limerick and is co-director of Croagh School of Music's Guitar ensemble.



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