Gemma McLean B.A Applied Music

gemmaGemma McLean studied Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde, graduating in 2003. During this time she studied Singing with Marilyn J. Smith. Gemma gained much of her choral experience at this time performing with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Strathclyde University Chorus and Strathclyde University Chamber Choir.

On graduating, Gemma was the first Vocal Music Instructor to be appointed in Inverclyde. In this role, she has worked with thousands of primary and secondary pupils offering a wide range of vocal experiences including performances with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and a World Premier as part of the Tall Ships’ Race 2011.

In 2002, Gemma formed the Inverclyde Schools’ Training Choir as part of the Choral Development programme in Inverclyde. Under her direction, the choir achieved great success and enjoyed taking part in many exciting performances including reaching the final of BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year in 2008. Gemma has directed the Inverclyde Schools’ Junior Choir since 2009 and continues to inspire the choir to work at an extremely high standard. The choir are in high demand and most recently have recently taken part high profile performances at Kelvingrove Art Galleries, Clyde Auditorium and Paisley Abbey.

Gemma has worked with choirs from across the United Kingdom, Canada and America and between 2005 and 2008 she studied with Dr Doreen Rao at the CME Institute of Toronto University. Last year, she was awarded the CME Artist Teacher Diploma for her work with choirs.