Ian 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 20 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 an active member of the Dublin Diocesan Music Commission as well as being a director of music for the Knockadoon Music and Liturgy Course, a national liturgical music formation program for youth and adult leaders. He is also the director of the “Emmanuel” programme, for the Dublin Diocese, which involves over 1000 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.
The Call to Discipleship – Sacred Music
Using the texts of the Scriptures as well as the writings of the great followers of Christ, this workshop traces the roots of discipleship and its implications for us as disciples in today’s world. Drawing from his own compositions, the early Irish tunes, and other liturgical music, Ian will help participants journey to a deeper understanding of the gift of Discipleship.
Liturgy in the Celtic Church. The Celtic Spirit – Sacred Music
Using Music and Texts from the Celtic heritage this workshop will explore the liturgy as well as how we celebrate it. We will look at new musical settings for the liturgy, with an emphasis on the participation of the whole congregation. Subjects covered include liturgical participation of children alongside of the whole assembly and music for the liturgical seasons.
Do we sing the Mass or sing At the Mass? – Sacred Music
Whatever your particular liturgical art: cantoring, choir directing, playing an instrument, there is another art that comes before these, one that shapes and molds them. It is the Art of Liturgy, without it liturgical music becomes something that happens at the liturgy instead of being part of the liturgy. This workshop will train you as musician to learn the Art of Liturgy.
A Light has Shone Music for Advent and Christmas – Sacred Music
Advent and Christmas is a wonderful time for re-focusing ourselves both as adults and children alike. In this workshop we will explore repertoire for the season and reflect on the different character of each Sunday of Advent. We will also look at how we can face the challenge of providing a musical welcome for our “once-a-year” visitors at Christmas.
From darkness to light Music for Lent, The Triduum – Sacred Music
This is the season which is the centre of our faith. It is the Paschal mystery that we celebrate every time we gather for Eucharist. These three seasons hold a special place of power in the Church’s year. They are a time for deepening faith and welcoming new and returning Christians. Each celebration has its own power to convert us all. This workshop will carefully explore the richness the rites give us for musical involvement.
Retreats – Sacred Music
Ian is also available to undertake retreats with a musical focus.