Bio

Ian2Ian Callanan is one of Ireland’s leading composers of liturgical music. He has been involved with liturgical music his entire life and has been composing music for over 25 years. He is an accomplished composer, arranger, score editor and workshop leader. Ian’s own works are undoubtedly inspired by Ireland’s great musical tradition. Such is the popularity of his music that it can be heard sung in the many varied languages throughout Europe. Much of his music has been used for television and radio broadcasts.

Ian holds an honours masters’ degree in Religion and Culture from Mater Dei, Dublin and an honours degree in Music from NUI Maynooth. He is a member of the Irish Church Music Association Council as well as being a director of Music Ministry Together, a national liturgical music formation program for youth and adult leaders. He is also the director of the “Emmanuel” programme, for the Dublin Diocese, and the “Seinn” programme for the Limerick and Killaloe Dioceses, which involve over 3000 secondary (high school) students, learning new liturgical music, culminating in a celebration concert.

Over the past 10 years Ian has travelled throughout Ireland, Great Britan, Spain and the United States as a concert performer, workshop speaker, and retreat leader in the areas of liturgical music, liturgy and prayer.

Ian is available for conferences, parish and diocesan events, covering a wide variety of topics such as, in liturgy, liturgical music and youth ministry.