Renowned Hungarian adjudicator Gabriella Thész for next Mayo International Choral Festival

The Mayo International Choral Festival (MICF ) committee members are delighted with the addition of Gabriella Thész, from Hungary, to their adjudication panel for 2016. Gabriella Thész is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.

“This policy of engaging adjudicators who are highly accomplished and renowned internationally is paramount to the ongoing success of the festival,” said Anne Marie Gibbons, MICF committee member. “Having a top panel of adjudicators sends a positive message to choirs considering our festival, particularly the International choirs, who rely on the experience of the panel of adjudicators as an indication of the quality of the festival, and that the competitions during the festival will be run in a professional and fair manner.”

Chairman Edward Horkan stated: “This adds to what is already shaping up to be a fantastic festival for 2016, when we will celebrate our fifth birthday – already since earlier this year we have received strong interest from choral groups from Norway, the USA, England, Wales and Russia – having a top quality adjudication panel is vital to attracting choirs to participate in our festival. We look forward to an exciting year and all events are open to a public audience.”

Gabriella Thész has degrees in music education and choral conducting. From 1992 to 2012 she lectured in choral conducting at the Teacher’s Training Institute of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Other adjudicators secured for the panel include Orla Gargan, director of the Dublin Gospel Choir, Desmond Earley, a lecturer in performance at University College Dublin and director of UCD Choral Scholars, and Blánaid Murphy, director of the Palestrina Choir, Dublin Bach Singers, Carlow Choral Society, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Chorale.

Entry to the Mayo International Choral Festival (for both competing and non-competing choirs ) closes on December 31 for choirs from Ireland and January 31, 2016 for International choirs. For more information emial [email protected] or visit


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