Major award for Mary at NCH!


Welcome to the online home of the Donegal Music Education Partnership, offering top-notch Donegal music classes and organising 11 performing groups across Donegal.


Mary Armitage held the audience in thrall at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Saturday night when she was presented with the prestigious Agnes O’Kane Award. She got a rousing round of applause for an acceptance speech which charted her involvement with music in Donegal, and particularly the Donegal Youth Orchestra, over the past 20 years.

Glenties woman Rosa Flannery, who runs Music Generation Laois, presented the award on behalf of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. The presentation was made onstage at the NCH during the evening concert of the annual Festival of Youth Orchestras. See ‘news’ for more.


Mary Armitage, second left, pictured backstage at the National Concert Hall on Saturday night 9th February 2019 after receiving the prestigious Agnes O’Kane Award from the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras. With her are, from left, Rosa Flannery (Music Generation Laois), who presented the award; Ruth Crimmins (grand-daughter of the late Agnes O’Kane); and Philip O’Kane (Agnes’s husband). 


Sunday 19th May 5pm – Donegal Youth Orchestra and friends at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Always a great occasion. Tickets – €14.50 (incl. €2 fees) / u18s €7.50 (+ €2 fees)/ family €40


Spring has sprung and we’re still getting a steady stream of enquiries about classes in instruments and singing. Don Swain is now doing another night for us in Ballyshannon (flute, sax, oboe on a Tuesday) with four students already signed up. More welcome – a great opportunity if you’re in south Donegal.

Choral conductor Maghnus Monaghan has started with our adult choir, Errigal Singers (many thanks to outgoing conductor Margaret McAteer). Join up – new choir members welcome. They’re getting together every Monday at 7pm at Errigal College, Letterkenny.

If you’re interested in getting more musical in 2019, get in touch!

We teach mostly classical, with some jazz and contemporary/rock. We cater for all ages and abilities. Details here.

Accordionist extraordinaire Damien Mullane, centre, pictured with the group at his workshop in Regional Cultural Centre LK on Saturday 19.1.19. The group includes three generations of Greenes on right – Joe senior and junior, and Killian at front. Thanks to Music Network and RCC.

If we don’t have what you’re interested in, we can point you in the right direction. To find out more about Donegal music classes, or indeed singing tuition or performing groups, call us on 07491 76293 (office hours), email or send us a Facebook message.

We’ve had a great start to 2018-2019, and a very busy Christmas programme. Yes, Donegal music classes are going full tilt with our 30+ tutors, and we have lots of memorable concerts, workshops and trips. Join up!




Here at the DMEP we have almost 500 music and voice students on our books, mostly young people but the occasional enterprising adult too. We have more than thirty tutors in eight towns and villages across Donegal. We’re now filling a limited number of tuition slots for 2018-19. We have full/part scholarships available in some instruments, including viola (we’re now sorted for French horn scholarships). Also interested in hearing from any young person who’d like to try double bass 🙂

Click here to enrol for music tuition or our performing groups.

John Doyle (closest to camera) working with some cracking Donegal guitar players and upcoming talent 🙂


You can also get on our waiting list for tuition by dropping a line to with this info – parent/guardian name/ student name/ student DOB/ chosen instrument(s)/ musical experience? /address / mobile no / landline no. The tuition programme is after school, so let us know if any evening doesn’t suit.


The DMEP is making a big impact on music making in Donegal (and let’s thank the Department of Education for funding and our parent body Donegal Education and Training Board). As well as the Famous 500 going to the Donegal music classes, there are another 300 or so in our performing music groups, which include the Donegal Youth Orchestra and the Donegal Youth Choir.

See our ‘News’ section for the latest all round. For more info on music classes, music groups or Donegal musical life in general, contact Aisling or Martin at the DMEP on 07491 76293 or

Donegal Music Education Partnership works in partnership with the national network of Music Generation.

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    Soundwaves 2016 the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny ( 15-17 of February)