Barbara Dagg

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MA (Teaching, Piano), MusB, HDipEd, LTCL (Teaching, Organ), Performance Exam, Organ (State Conservatory Freiburg), State Exam in Church Music (Rhineland State Conservatory, Dusseldorf)


Barbara Dagg is a music graduate of TCD.  She studied piano with Rhona Marshall at the RIAM in Dublin, and with Eleonore Wunderlich in Dusseldorf.  Her organ studies were undertaken first with Peter Sweeney and Gerard Gillen in Dublin, then with Ludwig Doerr in Freiburg and Almut Rössler in Dusseldorf. She also studied harpsichord with John Beckett at the RIAM, and harpsichord continuo with David Roblou in London.

She has given solo organ recitals at many venues in Ireland, England, Germany and Australia.  In 2000 she premièred a new Irish organ work, by Dublin composer Melanie Brown, in the Basilica at St Blasien, Germany, and in St Michaels Church Dun Laoghaire.

During three years as Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, she accompanied the cathedral choir liturgically and in concerts at cathedrals and churches across Ireland, at the NCH in Dublin, and in the UK at Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Canterbury and Durham Cathedrals.  At Christ Church she participated in broadcasts for RTÉ radio and television, and in a Choral Evensong broadcast for BBC Radio 3. For five years she was also Assistant Sub Organist at St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin. For over three decades she has been involved in  training parish organists of all denominations.

Barbara has provided organ accompaniments for concerts with many other choirs, including DIT Choral Society, and piano accompaniments for instrumentalists, in concerts and often for students’ examinations. She has also made appearances as a solo jazz-style pianist at Powerscourt Townhouse Shopping Centre, Dublin.

Since 2000 she has concentrated her performing activity on organ and harpsichord continuo with orchestras and early-music ensembles. With Gillian Smith she shared organ continuo duties in the Orchestra of St Cecilia’s project, completed in 2010, to present all 200+ church cantatas of J S Bach over ten annual concert series in Dublin.  Other works performed with OSC have included the Bach St Matthew and St John Passions, Vivaldi Gloria, and Fauré Requiem.

Barbara has lectured in academic studies at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and currently teaches piano in the Department of Keyboard Studies. She is keenly interested in current developments in keyboard pedagogy, especially in the area of teaching piano sight-reading.  In 2012 she graduated (with Distinction) MA in Instrumental Teaching from the University of Reading, and gave a presentation on her MA research project at St Hilda's College Oxford, in Feb. 2013. She is a member of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA Ireland).

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