John Burland is an educator and composer who has been writing and recording religious music for children and adults for over twenty years. He has worked with children and educators in schools, parish communities and educational institutions across Australia, New Zealand and North America promoting the celebration of our Catholic Faith through song, movement and story.


Throughout his career, John has been working in Primary/Elementary schools throughout Sydney holding a variety of executive positions including that of Religious Education CoordinatorAssistant Principal and Acting Principal. He holds a Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Religious Education, and is currently completing further study in Religious Education and Theology.


He was the Associate Musical Director and contributing songwriter for Jubilee 2000, a celebration of over 93,000 Sydney Catholic school students, teachers, parents and religious at Stadium Australia in March 2000, and was the Associate Musical Director and a featured performer for the Archdiocese of Sydney Official Jubilee Celebration, Celebrate 2000.

In 2008, two of John’s liturgical compositions, Come O Holy Spirit and Lord By Your Cross were included in the official World Youth Day liturgies in Sydney, Australia.

Community Work & Music 

John has specifically written songs and lead celebrations for organisations such as AustcareCentacareCatholic Education Office, Sydney, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, the Australian National Primary Principals’ ConferenceWorld Youth Day 2008 and the Orlando Faith Formation Day in 2009.

His musical collections include: 

  • Songs For The Journey
  • Let’s Celebrate
  • Let’s Celebrate Too!
  • Sacred Moments
  • Celebrating The Sacraments
  • One Family
  • Christmas Star
  • Lord Teach Me Your Ways
  • Move! Pray! Celebrate!
  • God Loves Me
  • Songs of Mary
  • And With Your Spirit
  • Alive in Christ
  • Firm in the Faith (With Gary Pinto)
  • Walking in Faith
  • Merciful Like the Father (With Gary Pinto)

International Experience 

John regularly presents workshops and celebrations across the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada. He has been a workshop presenter at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in 2002/2004-2018 and at the National Catholic Educational Association Conventions 2002-2018. He has also presented at the Fresno Religious Education Congress, the New Zealand Catholic Education Convention, the Orlando Diocese Faith Formation Day,  the Diocese of Regina Liturgy/ Music Workshop Day and in the Liverpool, Salford, Brentwood and Nottingham dioceses in the United Kingdom.

John works in partnership with Bayard as a speaker, composer and National Music Consultant in North America.


John works part-time for Sydney Catholic Schools as the Education Officer – Liturgy/Music, where he conducts workshops, Faith Celebrations and reflection days for children, teachers, families and parish communities. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Sydney, Australia.