Sylvia Burnside is best known for her reputation as a soloist with The New Irish Choir and Orchestra and as one of Ireland’s leading singing teachers. She has performed in many concert venues across Ireland and taught hundreds of singing pupils throughout her career.

Brought up in Scotland, but now finding her home in the County Antrim countryside, she is surrounded by much Ulster Scots culture. She has appeared at many Burns celebrations and can often be heard contributing to BBC Radio Ulster’s flagship series, “A Kist o Wurds”.

Since her initial graduation from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Sylvia has dedicated her post-graduate studies to a widening knowledge of vocal performance techniques and song performance skills – a style she calls – ‘core communication’. This method is at the foundation of both her performance practice and teaching.

Professional Training –
1994, Sylvia began her Singing and teaching studies with the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
2005 she attained an Education Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music (singing/teaching).

2008, Sylvia received a Distinction in the University of Ulster’s Masters of Music, following her submission of a comprehensive vocal studies project.
Sylvia is a Fellow of The Incorporated Society of Musicians

Qualifications: DRSAMD FRSM MMus FISM

I continue a maturing interest in singing and it’s interpretation. I’ve come to appreciate that we need the song – it represents all that makes us human – the edges of mortal life exposed in each phrase and suspended in a depth of soul and emotion….what a gift!