Online workshop | There’s so Much More to Zoom! | Video

On Thursday, 13 May 2021 we hosted an interactive, online workshop There is so much more to Zoom! with Clíodhna Ní Aodáin – an interactive workshop for conductors of orchestras and ensembles and music teachers to showcase the possibilities that Zoom presents. You can watch a video of the workshop below.

This fun-filled interactive workshop gave participants 10 new skills to use in the Zoom environment. These skills will facilitate music-making in the moment with online orchestras, ensembles or even in social bubbles! There are no wrong notes! These skills are transferable to ‘real-life’ teaching too.

Integrating voice, movement and instruments, participants experienced the joy of reconnecting to themselves, their community and the environment. Both on open mic and in breakout rooms, they explored the possibilities of call and response, soundscapes, dance conducting and much more!

Connecting to ourselves:

  • One quality sound. Introduce yourself in sound. Voice and Instrument.
  • One note story. Exploring sound quality, texture and expression. Instrument.
  • Oooh energy – Fire energy. Extending our dynamic range. Instrument.
  • Babbling. Discovering virtuosity. Voice and Instrument.
  • Sing what you play, play what you sing. Connecting to our inner musical voice. Voice and Instrument.
  • Powerful solo. Connecting to our inner music and releasing it. There are no wrong notes. Instrument.

Connecting to the group

  • Call and response. Listening and Imitation. Voice and Instrument.
  • Meet me where I am. Encouraging deep listening and connection. Voice and Instrument.
  • My house, your house. Deep listening and sound transformation. Voice and Instrument.
  • Dance conducting. Responding to visual cues. Voice and Instrument.

Clíodhna Ní Aodáin Biography

Clíodhna Ní Aodáin is an Irish cellist, composer, teacher, conductor and creative artist. She studied cello with Olwen Lewis and Aisling Drury-Byrne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and was principal cellist in the IYO. Clíodhna studied with Emma Ferrand at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (BMusRNCM), Yuli Turovsky at the Université de Montréal (MMus Interprétation) and Susanne Basler at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Konzertdiplom). She has worked extensively with David Darling and is currently studying Jazz cello with Eugene Friesen, professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston. Clíodhna studied conducting with Atso Almilla, professor at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.

Originally from Dublin, Clíodhna now lives and works in Bern, Switzerland, where she teaches cello and conducts a children’s orchestra at the Musikschule Konservatorium Bern Clíodhna also conducts the Orchester Divertimento Bern.

In 2018 Clíodhna founded The Celtic Cello Her Irish music mentor is the legendary Irish fiddler, Martin Hayes.

Clíodhna has facilitated workshops in Kindergartens, Music Schools, Refugee Camps and Senior Residences. In 2016 she set up Music Creates Pathways with Mary Knysh (USA) and in 2020 they were joined by Irene Feher (CA). The 2020 pandemic inspired them to reach out to people in isolation and create an online global community of music-makers. Together they created the “Fill Your Home With Music” series and it attracts participants from all over the world.

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