She is a graduate of University College Dublin with a BA, and Higher Diploma in Education; she also holds a Licentiate and Fellowship from Trinity College London, as well as a Masters in Performance and Musicology from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
An accomplished performer, she has been regularly engaged for concerts and recitals in the major Irish venues. She has also been soloist in concerts and operas in Italy, Spain and throughout the UK. She has sung roles for Opera Ireland in the Gaiety Theatre and for the national broadcasting station, RTE; the RTE Proms, and has made numerous appearances on RTE Radio and TV.
Sylvia won critical acclaim for the role of Mercedes at the National Arts Centre in Canada, as part of the late Bernadette Greevy’s production of Carmen, which was recorded for National Canadian, South American and Dutch radio and television networks.
In addition, she won many prizes and awards for singing, not the least of which were bursaries to study at three of the courses on the Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh in the UK. Out of the French Song Course, she was invited to study with renowned soprano Suzanne Danco in Italy, as her scholarship student.
She has given workshops throughout Ireland, including to the RTE Philharmonic Choir; Soundset Ensemble, and as part of the National Concert Hall Education Outreach team. She has also given masterclasses at the Yorke Trust in the UK.
Sylvia was a vocal consultant to Ulster Youth Choir for their Summer Schools, and more recently, instructed on the inaugural Anúna Choral Summer School at the NCH.
She also presented a lecture on singing at the most recent Society of Musicologists in Ireland Conference which was hosted by the RIAM.
Sylvia is fast becoming regarded as one of Ireland’s most successful singing teachers: many of her students have enjoyed critical acclaim at competition and performance both national and international, which includes very high-profile engagements.
Sylvia also adjudicates regularly at examinations and competitions.