The John Kavanaugh Studio is a creative space based in our Kiltimagh school where students attending both of our schools can rehearse, record and share their love of music with other like minded students, through music collaborations and the formation of ensemble groups/ bands jamming sessions etc.
We are delighted to give this exciting opportunity to our students, in our new purpose built studio, fully equipped to meet both the needs of a creative/ dynamic/ contemporary rehearsal space for as well as the needs of professional, industry standard music recordings.
Our gratitude to our good friend and collaborator Mr. John Kavanaugh is immeasurable. Dreams come true and we extend a huge thank you to John and his amazing group of friends, with a very special mention to Heather, Conrad and Jenny (who orchestrated it all) for all of their generosity and fundraising efforts leading to their donation of the John Kavanaugh Studio to our school; by the same token a whole new world of possibilities for our music students as well as for music in Mayo has now emerged and been made possible.
Born and raised in the U.S.A and currently based in L.A, John’s ancestral roots trace back to Ballinrobe in Co. Mayo. With strong links and a special affinity with Ireland, Co. Mayo and with music in Mayo, John’s involvement with our school is an absolute gift; a gift we hope will inspire our students also with their musical pursuits and adventures in the writing and creation of music.
As an international, Award winning composer, lyricist and musical director currently working in these roles for Disney productions, John’s vast body of work has featured in both successful Disney movies as well as Disney TV Animations, Universal Studios productions (Hollywood and Japan) in addition to Nickelodeon etc.
John is the recipient of 7 Emmy Award nominations, in 2014 coveting an Emmy Award in the category ‘Outstanding original song’ for Sofia The First, Main Title theme song with co-lyricist Craig Gerber.