Education and Lifelong Learning - Music School
Research Masters in composition, completed in 2010 and awarded by the WIT.
Since the inauguration of a jazz option on the music degree course in 2005, I have been employed as a part-time lecturer. This role has involved devising the structure and content of the academic jazz element of the degree. I have written four history modules (two of which are now in use), and designed progressive practical improvisation and ensemble workshops. In addition, I tutor piano students and provide support for final performances. I am also active in the music school; I teach second level students and adults through jazz and classical piano grades.
I work nationally as a session musician playing jazz, pop, classical, rock, latin, funk, and Irish traditional music for a wide variety of performing artists.
I am the founder and Musical Director of the 18 piece big band Opus Pocus, which maintained a hugely successful weekly residency for three years and is still very popular with people in Waterford City.
I currently play with the Paul Dunlea Group – a very successful jazz ensemble with one album Bi-polar having done very well and receiving significant airplay in Ireland and the UK.
My solo project, The Phill Collins Trio has performed concerts in Garter Lane, Waterford, the Theatre Royal, Kilkenny and The Cork School of Music and recorded two albums of original pieces, Bucolic and Floored. Pieces from these albums have been played regularly on Lyric FM.
Pianist for Carrick on Suir's production of West Side Story. Accompanist for classical singer Rhiannon Giddens, in The Cork Orchestral Society's specially commisioned jazz festival concert. Apperarances at Lismore, Derry, Cork, and Dublin jazz festivals as well as the Westport Arts Festival.
Founder of Waterford Jazz Weekender, featuring local and national jazz and funk artists.