Biography of Korona Brophy
Ms. Korona Brophy, of St. John’s, has been a music educator for 43 years. She taught in the Catholic and public-school systems from 1976-2017. Since then, she maintains a sessional instructor position at Memorial University of Newfoundland teaching Music Education.
Through her teaching, Korona was involved with choral music in all her schools, plus choral director for St. Peter’s Church Adult Choir and Youth Choir of Mount Pearl. As a volunteer at her church for 29 years, Korona trained many amateur and professional choristers. In 1994, the adult choir travelled to Carnegie Hall, New York City, where they performed Mozart’s Requiem under the direction of John Rutter.
Her choral experience and teaching involved school choirs (from K-9), travelling to Rotary Music Festivals around Newfoundland and Canada (Ottawa and Halifax). Her involvement with choral music, bands and orchestras with Kiwanis Music Festival and Rotary Music Festivals stems over 30 years.
In 1993, Korona formed the world-renowned group, The Celtic Fiddlers. With five tours of Ireland, Canada and the United States, the group has brought Newfoundland/Irish traditional music to audiences of all ages. This year The Celtic Fiddlers will release their sixth CD “Ready for the Storm” in celebration of their 26th anniversary. Through her work, Korona has fundraised for five tours of Ireland, and the production of six cds. She masterminded the tours within Newfoundland and the world with the Celtic Fiddlers to include the seniors of our communities.
Korona has been nominated for numerous awards with Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Music NL, winning the Arts in Education Award and Instrumental Artist of the Year.
Ms. Brophy has adjudicated music festivals in Stephenville, Clarenville, Goose Bay and St. John’s.
Through 2020, the 27th year of The Celtic Fiddlers, she plans, with the group, to travel to New York or Ireland and also tour parts of Newfoundland during the summer