Jennifer Davis, from Cahir, recently had a very successful debut in the 2012 Feis Ceoil in Dublin, when she took away two of the top prizes on offer at the event for singing.
Jennifer won the “Mrs P. J. Geoghegan Memorial Cup & Gus Smith Award” for solo female voice. This class requires the performer to sing an aria in its original key and original language and Jennifer chose to sing the Jewel Song from Foust by Gounod.
Winning this class also gave her entry to the “Gervase Elwes Memorial Cup & RTE Lyric FM Award” competition—the finalé of the senior singing program where the winners of other senior vocal classes compete against each other for this “winner of winners” award.
Each of them had to perform a fifteen minute recital of four or five pieces. In awarding the cup to Jennifer the adjudica-
tor, Mr Robert Dean, said that the standard had been very high and that each finalist had delivered at least one award winning performance. However, he indicated that a more ‘complete’ performance, with all of her pieces delivered in a comfortable and assured manner, won the day for Jennifer.
Jennifer is currently studying for her Masters in Vocal Performance in DIT’s Conservatory of Music and Drama with Colette McGahon-Tosh and Aoife O’Sullivan. Jennifer graduated from University College Dublin with a BA Honours in English Literature in 2010—she was also a member of the UCD Philharmonic Choir.
Jennifer is better known locally for her musical theatre performances in productions at the Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in Cahir and in concerts arranged by her mother Maggie. She played the part of Yum-Yum in St Mary’s Choral Society’s production of The Mikado in late 2010.
Success at the Feis Ceoil, which also included two second places, has come hot on the heels of winning the Dermot Troy Mozart prize in DIT’s in-house competition—performing a very successful lecture recital as part of her Master’s programme—being accepted to The Opera Theatre Company’s (opera.ie) prestigious “Young Associate Artists Programme” for 2012—being chosen as soloist for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Dublin—and being offered a number of roles in other opera productions scheduled for the autumn.
Liz Nolan of RTE Lyric FM also presented Jennie with a cheque sponsored by Lyric FM.