Emmet Cahill grew up in the small town of Mullingar, located in County Westmeath, among the midlands of Ireland. He has been hailed as ‘Ireland’s Most Exciting Young Tenor’ and has been touring North America for over eleven years as lead singer of the PBS phenomenon, Celtic Thunder. He is featured as a soloist on six World Billboard #1 Hit Albums.
Emmet has performed on tour in over 80 US and Canadian cities, as well as several cities across Australia. He made his Carnegie Hall (NYC) solo debut, with full orchestra, to a sold-out audience. Emmet performed at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral this past March for several dignitaries of the church and world leaders attending the St. Patrick’s Day mass, which was aired on public television. He has also performed concerts with such prestigious orchestras as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Emmet was recently titled, ‘Irish Tenor of the Year’ by the Irish American Music Association. Emmet’s career as soloist has extended beyond the stage to several major TV networks and audiences, including: The Today Show, The QVC Network, and all PBS networks across the US. Emmet is excited to share his Summer Tour 23’ with the city of Harrisonburg, VA at the Court Square Theatre on Saturday June 17th.
Josh O’Dell currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at West Virginia State University. Before coming to State, he served as Chorus Master/Director of Education & Community Engagement at Opera Roanoke, Director of Sales at the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director/Founder of the Voices of Appalachia (Roanoke, VA), and served as Minister of Music for churches throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Josh also held a music faculty position at Radford University where he taught Music Theory.
Josh has completed doctoral studies in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy and holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Messiah University, a Bachelor of Science in Music from Radford University, and a Certificate in Sacred Music from Virginia Wesleyan University with additional graduate studies in Choral Conducting at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.
Josh made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in July 2022 with a choir of over 100 singers, members of the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, the New England Philharmonic and featured soloists from the MET. Josh is a sought-after conductor, educator, and clinician. He has served as a guest conductor and adjudicator for several choral/orchestral festivals and competitions across the country. He is elated to join Emmet Cahill and the team this summer as Music Director/Conductor.