Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Aly has lived in the Seattle area for 25 years. Although now a Program Manager at Microsoft, her true passions are the arts and music. Her love of music was nurtured in high school by a range of music classes as well as Musicianship taught by music historian Barra Boydell, with emphasis on Medieval music. She continued with university studies getting a BA in the History of Art and an MA in Ancient History and Archaeology at Trinity College, Dublin University.
Aly was a keen member of Dublin University’s Trinity College Choir, led by professor and composer Brian Boydell, and later a member of the Guinness Choir. Her favorite performance was in the latter as one of six choirs and three orchestras combined for Mahler’s challenging and large-scale Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major, “Symphony for a Thousand.” However, she remains enthralled by Medieval music - including Gregorian Chant, which was part of her family’s tradition as a child.
In previous non-profit experience, Aly served as board member and then president of Irish Network Seattle. She was formerly Executive Director of Alpine Ascents Foundation, raising funds for children of disadvantaged families in Nepal to attend school. She also volunteers at Microsoft and elsewhere in diversity, inclusion and allyship.
Aly is delighted to have an opportunity to support the growth and sharing of the musical arts in the Seattle area and beyond: to connect our past and future, bring joy to people, and help artists to thrive.