About

Let your light shine!

At Centre Stage Vocal Academy we love to sing! It’s really that simple.
Maureen started her teaching career 20 years ago out of a passion for helping students find their voice and to love it. Seeing your voice as a unique part of you, like your fingerprint, is paramount. Your voice is uniquely yours, it’s your sound and that needs to be explored and developed in a safe and supportive way. Why copy someone else’s sound when you have your own beautiful voice?

Shona is a past pupil of Maureen’s and shares the same philosophy about singing. She has added so much to Centre Stage since she joined the school, her students love her classes and find Shona’s natural caring personality encouraging and supportive.

We love to teach singing because there’s nothing quite like being there when a student has a vocal breakthrough and they start to realise their vocal potential. Or helping a stressed-out exam student with repertoire or a vocal issue. Or hearing from an ecstatic student that they finally sang that party piece that they previously lacked the confidence to do so. These are very special moments. This is why we do what we do.

We often find that having a goal to achieve can really focus the student and with this in mind we offer Royal Irish Academy of Music exams in Classical Singing and Musical Theatre. When students receive their certificate, there is an immense sense of achievement which further encourages a confidence and love for their voice.

We also help students with Junior certificate and Leaving certificate practical exams in music. It can be incredibly frustrating to produce a programme for practical exams that show off vocal ability whilst also exploring different genres. With our direction we can help our students choose a suitable and enjoyable programme to wow any examiner.

We have Singing lesson classes in Ballina, Belmullet and also online!

 

Maureen Lawlor

Maureen studied Music and English in Maynooth University and subsequently opened up her singing school ‘Lawlor School of Song’ in 2002. Since then the school has grown and in 2016 became ‘Centre Stage Vocal Academy’.

Since opening her school Maureen has produced numerous concerts, musicals and has been involved with local community events such as the ‘William Wallace Bicentenary Concert’ and Musical Director for the ‘Mr Yeats visit to Killala’ events.

She has also organised Singing Competitions for her students working with Dr Hannah Fahy Irish World Academy UL and Maire Keary-Scanlon Irish World Academy UL. Under Maureen’s baton, students enjoy learning about their voice as an instrument, how to take care of their voice and also learn valuable tools such as breathing and vocal techniques all the while developing their own individual style.

Students can take exams with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Classical or Musical Theatre studies. Music Theory is an important part of Maureen’s Singing Lesson classes. Students learn to read sight-sing, understand rhythm and also develop Aural skills.

Over the years Maureen has developed a way of teaching that students respond to in a positive and creative way. Students learn to discover their voice, nurture it and love it!

Shona Louise Seck

Shona successfully completed her degree in Voice and Dance in the University of Limerick in 2017 and since then has completed a post graduate in Vocal Pedagogy (professional practice) with distinction, and is currently achieving her master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy.

She previously researched various areas of vocal pedagogy such as the developing voice in adolescents and postural alignment and breathing for singing. Shona current topic of research for her MA is the vocal health and rehabilitation for healthy and injured singers. Prior to her degree Shona also attended Galway Community College and completed a one-year level 5 course in Theatre and Performance with which she also completed with distinction and excelled in the lead role of the annual production, which ran for two nights in the prestigious Druid Lane Theatre under the direction of Aoife Connolly.

Her musical career began when she joined Centre Stage Vocal Academy as a teenager where she completed her Royal Irish Academy of Music musical theatre and popular singing exams with distinction under Maureen Lawlor. Shona has been teaching solo singing, musical theatre stage school classes, preschool classes both in studio and online over the last 7 years from which she has gained extensive experience in the world of teaching and performance.

Keif Mullis

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar and Keyboard Teacher

Keif Mullis is from Crossmolina, Co. Mayo and studied a BA in music at DKIT. He started playing music at the age of eight, and provides tuition in the following instruments:

Guitar, piano, ukulele, bass guitar and mandolin

He began teaching music professionally in 2008, and is also employed by Music Generation Mayo. He has worked with students of all ages, including children as young as five and adults in their seventies.

In addition to teaching, he also works as a freelance musician playing keyboards and bass guitar with a variety of live bands. He was a member of the Ballina based group Gorilla Radio for several years and performed both nationwide and abroad with the band.

Keif Mullis

Lyndsay Golden

Music Teacher Assistant

Lyndsay is currently a student of the University of Limerick where she is studying Performing Arts, majoring in Voice. Lyndsay has studied voice under both Maureen Lawlor and Shona Seck for ten years and has completed her Royal Irish Academy of Music exams in Musical Theatre and Popular Singing with distinction. Lyndsay is currently studying Voice with Marie Walshe and Performance with Dr. Hannah Fahy in UL.

Lyndsay went to St. Mary’s Secondary School and studied music under Regina Deacy. In her leaving certificate music exam she received a H2. In St. Mary’s Transition Year musical production of Billy Elliot, Lyndsay played the role of the ‘young’ Billy Elliot and this cemented her love for the stage.

She has experience when it comes to working with children in particular to musical production and has also worked with Star Camps, which she loved. Lyndsay is extremely passionate about the teaching music to children at a young age. During her studies, exams, performances and competitions, she has experienced her own growth in her confidence and vocal talent and skill. This personal and professional growth has inspired her to share her rewarding experiences with the children in her classroom. Lyndsay assists Shona on Saturdays with our junior group classes; Doh, Ray & Me! And Mini Mozarts.

Deirbhle Healy

Singing Teacher

Deirbhle began singing at the age of six under the guidance of Margaret Probyn Fish. Throughout her school years Deirbhle continued her voice training under both Margaret Probyn Fish and Maureen Lawlor completing her RIAM grades in both Classical Singing and Musical Theatre and Popular Singing with distinction. During her teenage years Deirbhle attended residential Preforming Arts Camps with Stagewise School for Performing Arts, Stagecoach Preforming Arts School and Summer Courses in Musical Theatre at ‘The Lír’.

After secondary school Deirbhle studied Musical Theatre and Professional Dance at MGA Academy of Preforming Arts in Edinburgh and at The Big Act Academy of Theatre Arts in Bristol. Deirbhle continues to expand her training and is currently studying Group and Community Music Education part-time at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Deirbhle is passionate about encouraging children to participate in the performing arts and worked as a teaching assistant in The Big Act Junior Stage School, drama coach at Campaí Samhraidh with Áras Inis Gluaire and taught singing at The Mayo School of Music.

Deirbhle is our singing teacher at our Belmullet classes

Chloe Murray

Leonard Dorrian

Music Theory Teacher

We are so honoured to welcome Mr. Leonard Dorrian to our team at Centre Stage as our Music Theory teacher. Leonard has over 25yrs of experience teaching Music Theory, Piano, Church Organist and Accompanist.

Our Music Theory classes are on Mondays and open to all students of music to guide them on their RIAM Theory and Harmony Grades

Chloe Murray

Piano Teacher

Chloe is currently a student in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick studying primary school teaching. She studied classical piano with Quay Lane School of Music during which she undertook the RIAM exams up to Grade 8 and then the Senior Certificate in which Chloe achieved honours. She attended Sligo Grammar School where she got a H2 in her Leaving Cert Music exam is studying music as an elective in her college course. Chloe is passionate about music and loves playing the piano. She’s very keen to pass on her love of music to others. She loves performing and has played at numerous concerts both for charity and as part of her school days. During Transition Year she accompanied on the piano, some violin students who were taking part in the Feis. I really enjoy seeing children gaining the confidence to perform.

Chloe Murray
Chloe Murray

Thomas Mearon

Classical Piano, Keyboard skills (pop) and Guitar  Teacher

Thomas hails from Ballaghadereen,. Like a lot of people, Thomas’s first venture into music started on tinwhistle. Following a musical hiatus, He started guitar lessons through the Gaisce awards and gradually moved towards piano as a result of his renewed love for music. Once deciding that music was the path for him, Thomas pursued a degree in music from Waterford I.T, specialising in jazz and pop piano. This along with his study of the grades, equipped Thomas with the skills necessary to play, and teach a variety of genres of music. During his time in Waterford, Thomas played music in a variety of settings, both in groups and as a soloist. One of his most notable appearances was as a soloist at the Waterford city’s piano day. Since graduating, Thomas has gained a wealth of experience, both in teaching piano and playing in a group. He performs regularly with the Roscommon-based group The Odd Sox Band.

 

Thomas is delighted to be a member of the CS vocal academy and is looking forward to engaging with all the school’s students

Marian O’Brien

Guitar and Cajon Drum Teacher

Marian is a highly experienced guitarist, vocalist and cajon player. From a young age Marian developed an eclectic taste in music. her musical influences include Hozier, Amy MacDonald, Imelda May and The Cranberries. Having performed music professionally for over 10 years she currently performs as part of an acoustic duo performing in venues throughout Mayo. In 2016 Marion achieved a BA Hons degree in music from DKIT which involved performances in contemporary, traditional and classical music styles. She is currently completing an MA in Music Therapy with University of Limerick. Marian has enjoyed giving private tuition to students of all ages and all styles including rock, pop, and traditional music. She is very passionate about the power of music and she loves to help students develop their passion. Marion is very excited to join Center Stage teaching guitar lessons every Thursday at the Center Stage Vocal Academy studio in Ballina

Mariann OBrien