CHRISTINE MURDOCH HOGAN
Christine Murdoch Hogan is a First Class Honours graduate of Music Education at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where her passion for conducting took off in her final year whilst studying with Dr David Davis. After graduating, she continued conducting the "Atheneum" Orchestra (R.C.S) under the tutelage of Dr Alastair Mitchell, and took up a full-time music teaching position at post-primary level. During 10 years in the education sector she was also the conductor and string tutor for the National Youth String Orchestra of Scotland Elementary Programme, where she worked together with renowned Scottish composer John Maxwell Geddes. In addition to a love of orchestral music, Christine also has a passion for musical theatre, and has conducted everything from "The Merry Widow" to "Grease". In 2000 she spent a year teaching in Australia as part of the UK's International Teacher Exchange Program, and on her return became Principal Teacher at post-primary level. After moving to Ireland, Christine gained Recital Diplomas in both violin and piano from Trinity College, London, and in 2013 she founded Kinsale Amateur Orchestral Society, now in its 5th year. In 2016 Christine was officially thanked by President Michael D. Higgins for her musical direction of the Kinsale Lusitania Commemoration, involving over 85 local musicians. Christine also conducts the Cork ETB Youth Orchestra.