The RIAM Examiners

The RIAM Local Centre exams are conducted by a panel of examiners who travel the length and breadth of the country examining a wide range of instruments and exams. The work of the examiners, along with the development of the local centre, is overseen by the panel of Senior Examiners, three for Music Exams and one for Drama and Speech exams.

Lorna Horan (Chair Person of the Senior Examiners)

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Ms Lorna Horan is a musician with extensive international experience.  Her piano training began at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and she subsequently studied at the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester.  She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Vancouver Academy of Music, where she undertook three years’ postgraduate work.  Lorna is also a masters graduate of the RIAM, where she studied with John O’Conor.
Lorna has been the recipient of many distinctions and scholarships for her chamber music and solo playing; she has broad radio and television experience and has worked on a number occasions with the RTE Concert Orchestra.  Lorna has performed throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada.
For the past fourteen years Lorna has been a Senior Examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  She is the Education Officer for the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival and works on the Executive Committee of the Dublin International Piano Competition.


Majella Boland

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In 2006, Dr Majella Boland graduated with a B.A. International Degree (Music and French) from the National University of Ireland Mayooth (NUIM), including a year spent in Úniversité Jean-Monnet St Étienne France. She pursued doctoral studies at University College Dublin (UCD) under the supervision Professor Julian Horton, and in 2013 was awarded a PhD for her dissertation ‘John Field in Context: a Reappraisal of the Nocturnes and Piano Concerti’. Majella has delivered papers at numerous international and national conferences, and has also delivered guest lectures nationally. She has sat on the organising committee for conferences, and in 2014 chaired the Twelfth Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI). She has had a number of articles published and has edited The Musicology Review. Majella tutored ‘Keyboard Harmony’, and ‘General Musicianship’ in UCD (2007–14), where she also lectured and co-ordinated ‘Theory and Analysis of Tonality I & II’ (2012–15), and set and marked the BMus entrance examinations (2011–14). As an instrumental and theory teacher Majella taught in Waltons School of Music (2008–15).  Currently, she lectures on Baroque music in St Patrick’s College Dublin City University, is a marking assistant in Maynooth University, marks the Local Centre theory exams, and is a Senior Examiner in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Majella was appointed to the Council of the SMI for the term 2015–2018 on which she serves as the Honorary Secretary.

Anna Walker

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Ms Anna Walker, (ALCM, ARIAM, LRIAM, ADA, MA in Theatre Studies) has been connected with the RIAM in a variety of guises for over forty years, from her first drama exam, to studying with Blanaid Irvine in the Academy, through to preparing students for exams, and examining. Presently Anna is the Senior Examiner for Drama and Speech.

Anna is involved in a wide range of Drama disciplines and activities: she runs her own Drama School, directs for Down to Earth Theatre Company, and is an experienced Drama Adjudicator.   As an adjudicator, Anna travels widely, and has adjudicated the One Act All-Ireland Final in 2010, and the Three Act All-Ireland Confined Final in 2016.  

She has worked as a Drama Facilitator with the female inmates of Mountjoy, and with SDCC, programming and delivering drama workshops for Dublin Libraries. Elsewhere, she has worked with The Beckett Centre, Trinity College, in their Debut series, assisting and guiding aspiring directors. Anna is also an accomplished actress, winning many prizes as an actress with Olivian Players.

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