McGlynn & Leck
June 2019

Ireland 2019 with Michael McGlynn and Henry Leck

Michael McGlynn & Henry Leck Choir Festival - Ireland 2019

McGlynn & Leck

Henry Leck

Founder and Conductor Laureate - Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Professor Emeritus - Choral Music - Butler University

An internationally recognized choral director, Henry Leck is a professor emeritus in choral music at Butler University, where he served on the faculty for 27 years. He is the Founder and Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Indianapolis Youth Chorale. His choirs have performed regularly for national ACDA, MENC, OAKE and AOSA Conferences. Mr. Leck has conducted Mixed, Men’s, Women’s, Junior High and Children’s All-State choirs and festival choirs in nearly every state. He is a frequent conductor of regional and national honor choirs, including the ACDA Southern, Southwest, North Central, Central, Western and Northwest Honors Choirs. In the spring of 2003, he conducted the ACDA National Junior High/Middle School Honor Choir in New York City and in 2011, the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in Chicago. On three occasions he has conducted National Honor Choirs for OAKE. Mr. Leck recently arranged and conducted the national anthem for Kelly Clarkson and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir at the Super Bowl XLVI. Mr. Leck has conducted annually at Carnegie Hall for nearly 30 years and conducts internationally every year. He teaches and conducts regularly in China, Brazil, and throughout Europe. He is a member of the World Choir Council and often is on the international jury of choral events. 

Mr. Leck has received many honors including the Sagamore of the Wabash and the State of Indiana Distinguished Hoosier Award from the Governor of the state of Indiana. He has received the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award which is the highest honor one can receive in the arts in Indiana. Recently Mr. Leck was named a recipient of the “Lowell Mason Fellows Award” which is the highest award given by the NAfME. He also recently received the “Indiana Living Legend” award from the Indiana Historical Society. 

Mr. Leck is widely known as a specialist in choral techniques at all levels, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Laban, the child’s voice and the boy’s changing voice. He has produced four teaching DVDs titled Vocal Techniques for the Young Singer, The Boy’s Expanding Voice: Take the High Road, Creating Artistry through Movement, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Creating Artistry with the Male Maturing Voice. He was a lead author for the choral textbook series published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe titled Experiencing Choral Music and is the lead author of a new series of textbooks entitled Voices in Concert. He is also the editor of two nationally known choral series published by Hal Leonard Corporation and Colla Voce, Inc. He has written a textbook titled, Creating Artistry through Choral Excellence. Mr. Leck received his training from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, the University of Colorado and Indiana University.

Michael McGlynn

Anuna logoBorn in Dublin, Ireland, in 1964. He 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, Ireland’s National Choir in 1987 as both a vehicle for his compositions and a unique choral form for Ireland. Michael’s unique vision for the development of choral music has resulted in the hugely successful Anúna Education and Outreach program. He has led workshops, seminars and lectured on his music and the ANÚNA Methodology of choral performance all over the world including at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and in March 2015 was invited to present a session dedicated to his work at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Salt Lake, Utah.

Michael’s compositional language combines elements of modality with a contemporary sensibility. This is fused with chordal clusters and a distinctive melodic awareness influenced strongly by traditional Irish song (sean nós). 

His choral work has been commissioned, recorded and performed by ensembles that include the BBC Singers, Rajaton, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Grammy-winning ensembles Conspirare, the Kansas City and Phoenix Chorales. Recent choral commissions include “Amhrán na Gaoithe” for Chanticleer and “O pia virgo” for New York Polyphony which appears on their Grammy Nominated CD “Sing Thee Nowell”. He has written songs in many genres, collaborating with The Wiggles, Elvis Costello and with country music legend Rodney Crowell. His album “Close Ties”, released 2017, includes a song written with Michael and features Crowell duetting with Sheryl Crow. 

He has produced and recorded seventeen albums for ANÚNA. ANÚNA (1993), Celtic Origins (2007) and Christmas Memories (2008) have featured 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.