Cantando’s founder and director, Orla Barry is a graduate of University College Dublin and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
She has worked extensively as a singer, conductor and teacher both here in Ireland and in the United States. She directed Dublin’s famous Palestrina Choir at the Pro-Cathedral for 6 years and has served as guest conductor for Chamber Choir Ireland (formally The National Chamber Choir) on several occasions.
Órla is very active in the field of liturgical music and has been Guest Director of the annual Church Music Summer School of the Irish Church Music Association many times. She has adjudicated at national choral competitions and has taught conducting technique and practice in NUI, Maynooth. She is Head of Music at St. Raphaela’s Secondary School, Kilmacud.