The Milwaukee Irish Fest Choir was founded in 1988 by Pat Moschea and Ed Ward as an opportunity for young people to be involved in the rich tradition of Irish Music. The young adults involved in the Choir, ages 14-20, perform traditional Irish choral music at venues and events throughout the year. In 2014, we began a new Children's Choir, featuring children ages 7-13. Over the years, more than 900 young adults have been part of the Choir. They have entertained audiences at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and Old St. Mary's in Philidelphia. They have toured throughout Ireland, including performances with the Omagh Community Youth Choir and at Our Lady of Knock. Directing this year's Choir is Brian McLinden with accompanist Leah Will.
The Children's Choir meets on Mondays from 5:45-6:45pm, May through August. The Irish Fest Choir meets twice a week, on Mondays from 7-8:30pm and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm, May through August.
The Milwaukee Irish Fest Choir holds auditions each year during the winter months to build member participation. The end result is an incredibly talented group of youth that are passionate about music and learning the Irish heritage. The official choir season typically begins in May with rehearsals and culminates with a weekend full of performing at the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest held in August each year. During the summer months, members build bonds that far outreach mere summer memories, but rather can shape their lives through valuable experiences.
1999— First concert with the Omagh Community Youth Choir - Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI
2000— First Tour to Ireland, featured on Galway Bay FM
2003— East Coast Tour, including performances in New York, Washington D.C, and Pennsylvania
2006— Ireland Tour, including a joint performance with the Omagh Community Youth Choir, to continue our ongoing friendship
2014— Started Milwaukee Irish Fest Children's Choir