"...among the ranks of the most accomplished contemporary choral composers...notable for a sophisticated compositional technique that's always tied to appealing emotional directness."
All Music Guide
New York Polyphony's album Sing Thee Nowell, which includes his work "O Pia Virgo" was nominated for a Grammy Award at the end of 2014.
Michael has begun recording with Anúna for their next album. In what promises to be a diverse and eclectic release, the release will include a meditation on the four Archangels coupled with works in Japanese and the beautiful "One Last Song" which you can hear below on Soundcloud. Release is tentatively planned for summer 2015.
In late October Michael presented a series of workshops at the Center of Iniciatives of Tolosa in the Basque and adjudicated at the famous International Choral Competition there.
In late Fall and Winter Michael presented a series of workshops across Japan in Iwake, Fukui, Mitaka, Matsumoto and Tokyo.
British violinist Craig Halliday has included a lovely version of "Aisling" on his forthcoming album Classical Evolution. You can hear the track HERE. Please purchase and support independent artists.
Always good for a selfie, Michael met up withUnion University Singers conducted by Dr Chris Matthews in St. Patrick's Cathedral Dublin on April 4th.
They gave a stunning performance of his jazz-inflected arrangement of Danny Boy.
Michael attended the SWACDA Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 19th where his work "O Pia Virgo" received a premiere by New York Polyphony. The work was recorded in late March for a Fall release. You can read a blog about the work and its creation HERE.
A very nice review from the Kansas City Star of the March 8th Concert of Michael's work given by the Kansas City Chorale, conductor Charles Bruffy to read online here.
In March two Grammy Award Winning vocal ensembles Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale, both conducted by the great Charles Bruffy, performed a series of concerts featuring Michael's work exclusively. Sincerest thanks to all the organisers and singers, especially Katie, Bryan, Nick, Joel and of course Jen for their kindness and care. And of course to the magnificent artists that make up the core of both of these world-class ensembles.
In mid-February, Michael lectured and workshopped as part of the Curso de Dirección Encuentros Corales UC3M 2014, in preparation for a performance of his music given by the massed attendees. He was particularly delighted to work again with his friends Coro de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and VokalArs, both conducted by Nuria S. Fernández Herranz.
Michael reviews Tim Sharp & Wes Ramsay’s, “Come Away to the Skies : A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass” HERE.
Read Michael's blog posting about his 2013 work "Flowers, Sunshine and Shadows" HERE and listen to the premiere performance of the tryptich at Florida Atlantic University on Soundcloud below.
A nice review from Casa.org of Chanticleer's Something New for which Michael arranged "Ring of Fire".
"...The other standout, not coincidentally featuring the inspiration for this album, is “Ring of Fire” (of Johnny Cash fame), with the aforementioned basso profundo Eric Alatorre on a low lead that made my living room shake, and that was just from playing it through my laptop speakers. Just when you think he’s hit bottom on a low D-flat, he briefly jumps down to a double-low B-flat, and it still sounds like he’s in the meat of his range. Insanity. And, oh, there’s a beautiful ballad arrangement under (over?) him by friend-of-the-group Michael McGlynn that uses contemporary pop harmonies (like the always handy add9) and progressions (like the Dan-ish IV9sus to V9sus) without being overtly poppy or going the other way into jazz-land, and contrasting sparse with meaty voicings just right."
Michael has just completed work on a newly commissioned piece for the Spanish choir VokalArs, conductor Nuria S. Fernández Herranz, entitled "Duérmete Niño Hermoso". The piece will be premiered this Autumn by this excellent equal voice ensemble in Madrid.
"Pie Jesu", here performed by Anúna on the BBC1 programme Songs of Praise on August 11th, was written to commemorate those lost in the Omagh Bombing of August 1998. Soloist is Rachel Thompson.
Anúna gave their first performance of "Amhrán na Gaoithe" [Song of the Wind] in Canada in July. The performance was videoed, and you can see it below [Niagara on the Lake] along with their performance of Illumination [Prince Edward Island], soloist Andrea Delaney.
Michael will again steward the Anúna International Choral Summer School in Dublin this June 19-22. For details please click HERE. He will be in attendance at the Dallas ACDA conference this March, and if anyone would like to discuss the School with him, he can be contacted at summerschool at anuna.ie. In November he will act as chairman of the jury for the 2nd International Early Music Vocal Competition Canticum Gaudium, to be held in Poznan, Poland from 15-17 of November. The competition is open to singers of any nationality, aged from 18 to 30 and you can get details from HERE.
Chanticleer gave a rousing performance of Hinbarra on the NPR's Prairie Home Companion on January 12th. You can listen to the show here.
"Flowers, Sunshine and Shadows" is due for premiere in April 2013, and was written for piano and double choir. It will be performed by the forces of the music Department at Florida Atlantic University in April. This commission will complete Michael's tenure as Eminent Scholar to the University.