Award winning Galway composer Eímear Noone receives honourary doctorate

Galway Daily news Award winning Galway composer Eímear Noone receives honourary doctorate
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The award winning composer and Galway native Eímear Noone has been awarded an honorary doctorate by her alma mater, NUI Galway.

The award-winning artist and creator of scores for 26 film and video game titles was conferred a Doctor of Music honoris causa at the university’s summer conferring.

The honorary conferring took place at a special graduation celebration for more than 150 former students who completed studies in 2021 and whose winter conferring was postponed.

It was also a chance for graduates who completed studies in 2020, and were conferred in absentia due to public health restrictions, to get their day in the sun.

A world-renowned conductor and award-winning composer, Eímear Noone is based out of Los Angeles and Dublin.

Originally from Kilconnell, she made history in 2020 when she became the first woman to conduct the orchestra at the Academy Awards.

She said that she was delighted to receive the Honorary Doctorate of Music, and this this year was a special time for it.

“It’s particularly poignant that it’s the same year that the first students of the university’s Bachelor of Music are graduating from NUI Galway.”

“To be honoured in my own home county, in Galway, is so meaningful and overwhelming,” Eímear said.

“If I was to offer any advice to the graduates of today it’s this –  take the ‘don’t be bold’ that we are told as kids, and turn it on its head, and go out there and be bold.”