Kirsten Allstaff is one of the founders and directors of The Online Academy of Irish Music. She is an acclaimed flute and tin- whistle player and has played music throughout Ireland, Europe, North America and Asia with various Irish dance shows and groups.
Upon graduating from the University of Glasgow with an M.A.Honours degree in Celtic Civilisations and Scottish History, she went on to study traditional Irish music at Ballyfermot College, Dublin. Shorty after it’s completion she began teaching and lecturing on The Northern Rhythms Program of Music in Falcarragh, Co. Donegal. In 2002, she graduated with a First-Class Honours Masters Degree in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick and subsequently began tutoring flute and whistle at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. She was involved in early online lecturing initiatives at IWAMD and wrote / facilitated the very first online module to be offered to the B.A. students of IWAMD titled ‘Traveller Music Studies’.
In 2014, Kirsten released her debut flute CD ‘Gallowglass’,available for preview and purchase at www.kirstenallstaff.com
She continues to teach flute / whistle on the B.A.program at IWAMD and also works full-time at The Online Academy of Irish Music.