Founder – Kitty Dalligan

Kitty-DalliganWinner of the 2014 Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO) Agnes O’Kane Award,  Kitty Dalligan has been tirelessly sharing her love of music with generations of students. Having had a career both as a performer and teacher, she has taught violin and viola to over 1800 primary, secondary and third-level students. After joining the teaching staff of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Kitty would go on to teach violin and viola as well as conducting the Preliminary, Primary and Junior Orchestras for over 35 years.

In 2002, she founded the Young Orchestral Pops (YOPs) Orchestra, to offer students the opportunity to play film music, traditional music, popular classics and newly commissioned works. YOPs caters for primary and secondary school students and includes both junior and senior orchestras. In 2006, Kitty was a recipient of an “Unsung Heroes Award” which was presented to her by Lord Mayor Cllr. Catherine Byrne on behalf of her work with the orchestras.

Following five successful orchestra tours to Prague, Krakow, Poland, Paris and Milan and numerous prizes at the Wesley and Arklow Music Festivals, Kitty recorded YOP’s first CD, Concert Favourites which was released in December 2013.

At the 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras Concert in the National Concert Hall in February 2014 ,Kitty was presented with the Agnes O’Kane Award by Philip O’Kane  for her work in contributing significantly to the development of young musicians and  youth orchestras in Ireland.

Kitty is an active member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and is a regular attendee at their annual String Conference in the USA. In 2012 Kitty was honoured to accept an invitation by the president of the ASTA to talk at the conference, which she did to a sold out, enthusiastic audience.


YOPs Staff Members

Kitty-Dalligan       Kitty Dalligan – Conductor Senior Orchestra
grainne            Gráinne Hope -Conductor Junior Orchestra
Maiselphoto-700x600 Julie Maisel – flute tutor
Sinead Doyle           Sinéad Doyle – string tutor
Laura Conway      Laura Conway – string tutor