Irish traditional music on flute & tin whistle.

Hi there, and welcome to my page! I'm a musician and teacher from County Dublin specializing in Irish traditional music on tin whistle and flute. Here you will find some information about me, my musical projects, and how to get in touch. 





Christina Dolphin was born in County Dublin, Ireland. She took up the tin whistle at age 7 and went on to learn the flute a few years later.

After studying at Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick as an undergraduate student, she went on to receive a master’s degree in ethnomusicology  from University College Dublin, where she lectures occasionally on Irish traditional music.

Over the past decade, she has toured extensively; performing and teaching in Ireland, the UK, America, Canada, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

She is a two-time All-Ireland champion, and also holds several other medals from various All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions.

Christina currently lives in New York where she teaches with the Irish Arts Center, and performs regularly with the Grammy-nominated, Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Come From Away.


Christina has been teaching tin whistle and flute for over a decade.  She has experience teaching children and adults of all ages and levels through private one-to-one lessons, group lessons, workshops, Skype lessons, and corporate events. 

Private lessons

If you would like to arrange an in-person lesson, please get in touch by filling in the application form in the 'contact' section

To arrange a Skype lesson, please book a time that suits you on my scheduling page by clicking here or by filling in the form below.

Group lessons

Christina currently teaches group tin whistle classes at the Irish Arts Center in NYC during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Registration for the Fall Term is now closed, but you can read more about my classes on the Irish Arts Center's website by following the links below: 

Tin Whistle I: Introduction to tin whistle (total beginners)

Tin Whistle II: Beginners with some experience

Tin Whistle III: Advanced Beginners 

Winter term starts up on Monday, January 28th 2019.

Student Quotes

"Christina is my tin whistle teacher at the Irish Arts Center in NYC. I just finished my second semester with her, and I couldn’t be happier! Christina is engaging, patient, funny and altogether an effective teacher. Emphasis on the patient. 😉" - Barbara Parry Fox

"I took Christina's Tin Whistle 1 class through the Irish Arts Center and enjoyed it very much. We learned five really nice songs, some I was familiar with and some that were new to me, and she is a very good teacher--patient and knowledgeable." - Edward Dickman

"I have been taking whistle lessons with Christina for several terms at Irish Arts Center and she is an excellent teacher. She can both perform and teach. Her performance credentials from the past include 2007 All-Ireland Fleadh senior winner in Flute - Slow Airs. Most recently, she is alternate Flute-whistle player in the NY City, Broadway musical "Come From Away." Not all great performers are also great teachers but Christina is one of them. I would say her greatest assets are her encouraging manner and her ability to be aware of how a student is doing (even when it is a group lesson). The latter allows her to offer corrections as needed." - Brian Wrynn

Teaching Resume


Irish Arts Center, Manhattan, NYC: tin whistle tutor. 2016-present.

Irish Arts Center, Manhattan, NYC: masterclasses. 2017-present.

Catskills Irish Arts Week, NY: tin whistle tutor. 2018. 

Catskills Irish Arts Week Fall Series, NY: tin whistle tutor. 2017.

Facebook, Dublin: tin whistle workshop facilitator. 2015.

Fáilte Ireland, Dublin: tin whistle workshop facilitator. 2015.

Ceoltóirí Chluain Tarbh, Dublin: flute tutor. 2014-2015.

St. Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra, Dublin: music tutor (intro to Irish traditional music). 2015.

University College Dublin, School of Music: teaching assistant (music, culture & society), tutor (music theory), and guest lecturer (Irish traditional music scene in Dublin city). 2014-2015.

Ceol Aneas, Nelson, New Zealand: tin whistle tutor. 2014.

Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, Ontario, Canada: flute and slow airs tutor. 2011 & 2012.

Scoil Éigse Summer School, Cavan: flute tutor. 2010 & 2011; slow airs masterclass 2011.

Le Bono Winter School, Brittany, France: flute tutor. 2010.

Trinity College Dublin Trad Soc. Flute Teacher. 2008 & 09. 

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Tin whistle, flute, and grúpa ceoil tutor at various branches in Dublin, Wicklow, and Limerick. 2005-2016.




The Druid Pub, Cambridge MA. At the heart of Inman Square in Cambridge, tucked between Boston & Somerville, The Druid has become an oasis for traditional Irish music. Owned & operated by Mikey Crawford, a native of Ennistymon in Co. Clare, its connections to, & reverence for, Clare’s musical heritage are clearly evident as soon as you enter. Down through the years we’ve been lucky enough to have had some of the best Irish musicians either side of the Atlantic settle themselves into the corner of our establishment & play their hearts out. This recording comes from a great evening of celebration we had to launch our CD 'Live at the Druid'. It captures the people & personalities, the fun & the craic, & most of all – the warmth of character that has helped establish the Druid as one of Boston’s great Irish music bars. Thanks to our friend Sam Graff who shot and edited all video footage. Check out his website @ Check out the album:
A collection of photographs by Neal Warshaw documenting the 24th year of the Catskills Irish Arts Week featuring workshops in Irish music, song, dance, story telling, language, arts and crafts. Featuring 60+ world class performers/teachers with daily classes, talks, chats and nightly concerts, ceilis, sessions and listening rooms. Musical accompaniment of this slide show by Dan Gurney on Button Accordion, Christina Dolphin on Flute and Dylan Foley on Fiddle.



Flute & Whistle

I am currently based just outside of NYC, but am available to travel for performances, workshops, festivals and classes. You can also get me on Skype for some music lessons from the comfort of your home! For further details, please fill in the form below. 


Hire a Band

If you're looking for an Irish traditional music trio for special events (weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, background music, etc), I regularly perform with accordion-player Dan Gurney and All-Ireland fiddle champion, Dylan Foley at various events around the Hudson Valley area. You can get in touch with us by filling in the form below, or by messaging us on our Facebook page, New Paltz Irish Music.

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