The Intermediate Orchestra brings string, brass, woodwind and percussion players together for the first time in an orchestral setting. The players’ ages range from 11 to 17 years depending on their instrument, and with over 120 players, it is the largest of the four orchestras.


Our conductor

Philip Thomas


Philip was appointed conductor of the Intermediate Orchestra in September 2005. He studied violin with Loretto Nelson in Dublin, and later at Trinity College of Music, London, where he studied under Korshed and Eric Gruenberg. He graduated with an LTCL and DipTCL, and was awarded the Alfred Gibson Memorial Prize. He was a member of the VIAC String Quartet, which performed in both England and Ireland, and has given solo recitals at several music festivals throughout the country.
Philip has been a permanent member of the Music Department at Clongowes Wood College since 1997. He teaches violin, and tutors ensembles and string quartets. He is conductor of the orchestra, which has performed twice at the National Concert Hall as part of the IAYO Festival. Philip has been manager of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, as well as working on the audition panels.


Our tutors

String Tutor  Cliona Malone

Cliona is a primary school teacher and professional musician. While studying at St Patrick’s College, she began tutoring violin lessons at St Agnes’ primary school, and has since obtained her honours degree. Cliona has taken the role of string tutor for the Dublin Youth Orchestras Intermediate Orchestra and teaches at various chamber music courses around the country, including the Aravon chamber music event. She gives private lessons in violin, viola and percussion. She also has huge experience in orchestral playing, having led the viola section of the National Youth Orchestra, Trinity Orchestra and UCD Orchestra.



Woodwind Tutor  Teresa Thomas

Teresa was appointed woodwind tutor of the Intermediate Orchestra in September 2005. She studied flute with John O’Connor in Cork, and spent many years teaching woodwind in both Cork and Kerry. She became a permanent member of the Music Department at Clongowes Wood College in Kildare in 1997, where she currently teaches woodwind and tutors wind ensembles.



Brass Tutor  Eimear O’Brien

Eimear studied music and maths at NUI Maynooth, French horn at the DIT Conservatory of Music with Ian Dakin, and subsequently completed a Masters in composition. She has been the orchestra manager of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland since 2007 and co-manager of the Dublin Youth Orchestra Symphony since 2008. Eimear is a teacher in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, and teaches brass in Clongowes Wood College. She is also in demand as a brass tutor and performs on both French horn and piano.



Percussion Tutor  Kevin Corcoran

Kevin has been the percussion tutor for the Intermediate Orchestra since 2009. He began studying percussion at the age of eight under the late Monica Bonnie in DIT, and subsequently performed internationally with all of the Dublin Youth Orchestras. Having completed his BMus degree in UCD in 2012, Kevin took up a position as bandsman in the Army Band of the 1st Brigade based in Collins Barracks, Cork.



Our manager

Molly Flanagan

Molly is a parent who has recently become the volunteer manager of the Intermediate Orchestra. She has two children with the orchestra and is looking forward to the challenges ahead and the support of all parents.




Management team

Darina Ryan

Joan Duffy

Mary Thornton

James Forrest