Deirdre Costello is a proud native of St. John’s, where she is currently active as a vocalist, choral conductor, music educator, and adjudicator. A graduate of Memorial University, Deirdre holds bachelor degrees in Music and Music Education, and was recipient of the 2010 University Medal for Music Education. At the MUN School of Music, Deirdre studied voice under the direction of Shelley Neville and Catherine-Fitch Bartlett. Outside of her university studies, she has furthered her vocal training with Wendy Nielsen and Mabel Doak in St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, and has also studied with faculty from the School for Music Vocations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Deirdre has been a soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and most recently appeared onstage in Sister Act and The Little Mermaid. A passionate choral musician, she is an alumnae of Shallaway, a current member of Lady Cove Women’s Choir, and has also proudly represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the National Youth Choir of Canada. Deirdre is presently a teacher with the NLESD and a music instructor at MAX. She finds pure joy in sharing her love of song with Shallaway choristers each week.