The Department of Music is renowned for its long and proud tradition of communal music making.

Our rich concert life is underpinned by the steady rhythm of rehearsals and concerts supplied by our diverse ensembles. There are eight professionally-directed ensembles within the Department that currently contribute to our Approved Ensemble Programme. In 2017-2018 the Choral Society will supply the focus of the programmes for the three annual Carol Services and a large-scale choral concert in April. The Maynooth University Orchestra explores a variety of repertoire leading to its concert in May, while the Chamber Choir regularly tours and enters choral competitions. Altus provides an opportunity for first-year female singers to work together, while the Guitar Ensemble, New Music Ensemble and Irish Traditional Group each work toward public concerts in their schedules. The Schola Gregoriana , a joint Maynooth University/SPCM project, is an all-female vocal ensemble specializing in plainchant performance.

 For more about all of these ensembles, including their rehearsals, memberships and repertoire, please follow the links below.

We encourage the formation of smaller ensembles, vocal and instrumental. This allows students to develop their performing abilities across a wide range of repertoire whether or not they are focusing on performance as part of their studies.

 If you are a member of the University staff, a student or a member of the local community and you are interested in becoming involved in one of our ensembles please do contact the Music Department Office for further information.