Joanna Burns

Joanna Burns received a Bachelor Honors degree studying vocals at BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute) in Dublin, Ireland. Performing in three different bands while attending the music college opened up the doors of her musical creativity. Joanna’s voice lessons here were given by vocal tutor Tine verbeke who has taught a range of different vocalists such as Bono from U2, Songwriter Glen Hansard and Danny O’ Donoghue from Irish band ‘The Script’.

BIMM has given her many connections with music collaborators, producers and musical connections whom she has played with for many years in both wedding bands and original bands such as folk band ‘Blue Luna’ and Rock band ‘Sheridan’.

Vocally Joanna teaches a variety of music styles such as pop/soul/jazz/country/rock and funk, while also having experience in songwriting. Composing her own songs has inspired her to achieve a knowledge in the technical aspect of recording. Joanna has performed at various large venues throughout Dublin such as The Helix, The Olympia and The Three Arena. As a vocal teacher of four years, the discovery of many types of singers of all ages and abilities has inspired her to pursue her own continued learning. In 2022 Joanna completed the BAST vocal teaching course online which gave her the opportunity to include more material to her teaching criteria. In 2021 she completed Grade 8 pianoforte at the Royal Irish Academy of Music which has helped her to play scales, sight-read and demonstrate vocal exercises on the piano. The first vocal lesson Joanna received was at a stage school called the NPAS (National

Performing Arts School) at aged eight in Dublin. She continued vocal lessons here for ten years until she started music college. Here she discovered and used her own voice, just as she aspires others to discover their own.

Fiona Sweeney

Fiona loves to get people singing, especially as part of a group singing in beautiful harmony.  She believes singing is for everyone of all ages and musical abilities; it’s a fun and uplifting experience, and it is also good for you, mentally and physically!

Fiona has been involved in choirs from childhood, as a singer, and more recently as a conductor.  Fiona has been leading CÓRus classes since 2011. She has successfully led our Lucan, Tallaght and Ballyroan CÓRus classes since their foundation. As well as teaching CÓRus classes she leads quartets, small singing groups and ‘Come & Sing’ events and teaches singing in a primary school. She has studied piano, singing and music theory and holds a professional diploma in choral conducting from St. Patrick’s/DCU.