He began studying piano in earnest at the age of 37 in Sydney with Will Scarlet, and then Valerie Fawcett. He quickly realized it was composition that he was drawn to. To this end he worked on his composition skills and music theory in Sydney with prominent music educator and composer Margaret Brandman.
Primarily McEncroe writes for the piano, and has written many works for orchestra as well, having collaborated over many years with orchestrator/composer Mark J Saliba. Saliba has orchestrated from McEncroe’s piano score reductions.
McEncroe’s piano works have been recorded by Australian pianists John Martin and Helen Kennedy, and Japanese-American pianist Yoko Hagino. All McEncroe’s Symphonic Suites and Poems have been recorded by the Janacek Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, conducted by American, Anthony Armore.
Parma Recordings in the USA have released much of McEncroe’s repertoire on the Navona Label. Selections of his repertoire have been performed in Europe with The Janacek Philharmonic, The Zagreb Philharmonic and The Russe Philharmonic.
McEncroe’s music is published by Wirripang – Home of Australian Composers.