Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1964, Michael came late to choral music, singing in his first choir at the age of nineteen. Despite the rich and sophisticated musical forms that lie at the centre of Irish traditional music, choral music does not exist as part of that tradition.

His love of traditional song and the literary culture of his homeland led him to create the choral ensemble ANÚNA in 1987 as both a vehicle for his compositions and a unique choral form for Ireland.



  • Interview in Final Note [2015] HERE.

  • Read his article "Sacred Choral Music in Worship Has a Power All Its Own" on the On Being site HERE.

  • Doctoral dissertation at the University of Miami, Florida "The Choral Music of Irish Composer Michael McGlynn" (Dr. Stacie Rossow) available to download from their site in PDF format HERE.

  • Dissertation at the University of Louisiana entitled "An Overview of the Choral Music of Michael McGlynn with a Conductor’s Preparatory Guide to His Celtic Mass" (Dr. Karen Marrolli) is available to download from HERE.

  • Japanese journalist, writer and broadcaster Naoki Hayashida interviews Michael) HERE.

  • Two historical articles on Irish Choral Music from the Irish Times newspaper [2006] HERE and The Journal of Music in Ireland [2006] HERE.