Michael McGlynn [b.1964, Dublin, Ireland] is a composer, singer, educator and choral director.
His compositional language combines elements of medieval and traditional music (modality, ornamentation and drones) with jazz-tinged chordal clusters and a distinctive melodic sensibility.
Many of these elements can be heard in his “Agnus Dei” (2007), commissioned by Chanticleer for their multi-composer work “And on Earth Peace : A Chanticleer Mass”. His best-known choral work is “Dúlamán” (1995), a setting of the traditional Irish poem of the same name. His choral music has been recorded and performed by vocal ensembles such as Rajaton, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, The Dale Warland Singers, Conspirare, the BBC Singers, Kansas City Chorale, Cantus, the Phoenix Chorale and Chanticleer. As an Educator he has led workshops, seminars and lectured on his music in Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, the USA, the U.K., Ireland, Japan, China [at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music], Poland and Sweden in recent years.
In 2012 and 2013 he undertook a major series of choral workshops across the Netherlands and Belgium with Lucy Champion. In 2010 he was a guest-judge and vocal advisor for Finland's version of X Factor. In 2011 and 2013 he stewarded the Anúna International Summer School in Dublin, Ireland and in the same years adjudicated at the International Early Music Vocal Competition Canticum Gaudium in Poznań, Poland, returning there as Chairman in 2013. He has been a choral adjudicator for the international competitions at the Cork Choral Festival, the Tampere Choral Festival and later this year at the Tolosa Choral Festival.
He was visiting Eminent Scholar at the Music Department of Florida Atlantic University [2011-2013].
In 1987 he founded the Irish choral group ANÚNA whose repertoire features his compositions and arrangements almost exclusively. He has produced and recorded sixteen albums for the choir with "Anúna" (1993), "Celtic Origins" (2007) and "Christmas Memories" (2008) all featuring in the US Billboard Charts. “Deep Dead Blue” (1999) was nominated for a Classical Brit Award and went top five in the UK Classical Charts.
His instrumental works include “Behind the Closed Eye”, written for the Ulster Orchestra and in 2009 & 2010 the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland's state ensemble) presented an entire evening of Michael's orchestral output at Dublin's National Concert Hall. "Visions" (1996) for saxophone and piano, commissioned by Gerard MacChrystal, has entered standard repertoire. 2012 included commissions for Chanticleer, "Amhrán na Gaoithe" [Song of the Wind], premiered in September of that year and in July 2013 by Anúna. It also saw the release of the Anúna album Illumination which includes the first recording of his choral work "Dormi Jesu" commissioned by Kultursamverkan Svenska kyrkan (the Church of Sweden). 2013 saw the premiere of a choral triptych for Florida Atlantic University, conducted by Stacie Lee Rossow, called "Flowers, Sunshine and Shadows". Spanish choir VokalArs, conductor Nuria S. Fernández Herranz, commissioned a work entitled "Duérmete Niño Hermoso" and premiered it in late 2013.
In February of this year Michael attended a series of workshops and a concert dedicated to his music in Madrid. In March 2014 Michael will travel to the USA to attend and participate in a series of six concerts of his arrangements and compositions given by the Grammy Award-Winning Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale, conductor Charles Bruffy. Also in March his motet "O Pia Virgo" written for New York Polyphony will receive its premiere at the SWACDA conference in Little Rock. Summer 2014 will see the release of a CD featuring his "Celtic Mass" by the Taylor Festival Choir, conductor Robert Taylor.
As a tenor soloist he featured on a number one single in Ireland in 2004, duetting with Jerry Fish on the track "True Friends". He has also written songs with Country Music legends Rodney Crowell and Delbert McClinton. He is an enthusiastic film-maker with his feature-length "Invocations of Ireland" released on DVD in Australia [DV1] and Japan [Columbia], and broadcast across Australia and New Zealand in 2010 on the Ovation Channel.
He lives in Dublin and is an ardent year-round sea swimmer.