Harpist NI Colleen Rose McCabe
Colleen Rose McCabe has been teaching music for over 15 years on a range of instruments including harp, flute, piano and tin whistle. Coming from a musical family, she has been steeped in both Irish traditional music and dance, and from a young age began to gain experience in tuition and co-ordinating projects.
The organisation and hosting of workshops for the Antrim Borough Council and also the Lisburn Borough Council was met with great success as she was called back to fill the position year after year. Realising that this was the path to which she wanted her career to follow, Colleen Rose then continued in her education to complete a BMus Hons Degree from the University of Ulster at Magee, as well as her Masters in Musicology Post-Graduate degree. Throughout this time in education Colleen Rose continued to work as a peripatetic music tutor and prepared pupils for graded exams in both classical and traditional music.
Ensuring that all pupils pass their exams, Colleen Rose has even had them well enough prepared to achieve a mark of 100% - which is almost unheard of, as she would know as an adjudicator herself for Feis, Scor na nOg and other talent competitions.
Aside from musical tuition and adjudication, Colleen Rose has also worked as a Production Assistant with an arts company during her time at University. However, in more recent times, she has successfully completed the role of Musical Director in a stage production with an all-inclusive arts and disabilities organisation. With her Post Graduate Degree of a Masters in Musicology Colleen Rose chose to major in Community Arts for her final project as she also has a great amount of experience in working with children and adults with learning difficulties and special needs.
Describing herself as a “Community Musician”, Colleen Rose has worked with an all-inclusive disability arts group in the North West called Stravaganza which was in partnership with the University of Ulster. In working with Stravaganza, there have been performances at the City Hotel, the Waterside Theatre and also the Share Centre in Lisnaskea to mention but a few. Furthermore to this, Colleen Rose has had many other performances to mention such as in the Waterfront, in the Odyssey Arena, at Stormont, at the Millennium Forum, at An Grianan, the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn and also the Waterside Theatre again in La Boheme with North West Opera Ireland .
Another community arts project Colleen Rose has worked with is The Motion Project. This was described as the multicultural band of Northern Ireland which hosted members from all over the world. Her performances with them have been held in Stormont and the OMAC. Lastly, she was also involved in a multimedia project which resulted in a DVD submission for the Northern Ireland Office on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland and she has also worked in some hugely successful Open Mic Nights which have been compared to the Jules Holland Show.