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Ian McKinley : Associate Artist

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Ian McKinley (b. 21 August 1929 at Mackay, Qld) was, until his retirement in 1987, a Music Lecturer at Mt Gravatt CAE (now part of Griffith University). He has degrees in Arts and Science from the University of Queensland, with further studies in composition, organ, choral training, singing, solfège and Kodaly music education in England and in the United States. He was a foundation member and later National Secretary and Treasurer of the Australian Society for Music Education. He was for many years an AMEB examiner and member of the Queensland Primary Music Curriculum Committee. He was President of the Queensland Music Teachers' Association for a term.

He has conducted several choral groups, including the Mackay and Brisbane Choral Societies, and a TV vocal group for the ABC called the 'Orana Singers'. His long–running directorship of the Queensland Bach Choir resulted in the Bach Society honouring him with Life Membership. For seven years prior to a heart attack in 1993, he was Director of Music at Christ Church St Lucia

Until recently he was still playing the organ, but his chief interest now is choral composition. He sang with, and retains a keen interest in, Canticum Chamber Choir, and is an Honorary Life Member. His many compositions and arrangements for the group include a setting of Paul Sherman's Triptych of Austral Time. Other commissions include The Secret City, settings of six poems by Australian authors for two choirs and organ, and a Mass setting based on Richard Connolly's hymn tune Araluen. In 2002, his choral work The Spirit's Gift was published in the United Kingdom by the Royal School of Church Music, and performed in Westminster Cathedral, London, by massed RSCM choirs.

In June 2007, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia 'for service to music as an educator, singer, organist and composer'.

As a composer, McKinley's work has largely been for amateurs (in the best sense of that word) in the choral field, although he has also written for strings and winds. His style could best be described as 'eclectic'. Upon a basically 20 th Century style of choral music, he has superimposed quite modern techniques, but always with an emphasis on practicality.

Biography provided by the composer — current to November 2008

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Before the morning star : motet for mixed choir (2004) Commissioned by Arthur Grimshaw.
Digital sheet music sample Pastourelle : for oboe and organ (2003) Commissioned by Margaret Powell.
Now choose life : anthem for SATB chorus and orchestra (2003) Commissioned by Margaret Powell for St. Andrew's Anglican Church, South Brisbane
Digital sheet music sample Now choose life : anthem for SATB chorus and orchestra (2003) Commissioned St. Andrew's Anglican Church, South Brisbane, for the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the building
Digital sheet music sample A Triptych of Austral time : for SATB choir (1996) Commissioned for Canticum Chamber Choir.
Heritage : treble choir with piano (1994) Commissioned for the 1994 secondary schools' choral festival ANCA Fest '94