Don Macdonald

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Don Macdonald


Don Macdonald (b. 1966) is a Canadian composer, conductor and educator.

Mr. Macdonald has a multifaceted musical career that includes professional performing on saxophone, violin, and voice, and his conducting resume includes work with orchestra, choir and jazz band. His composition credits include music for theatre, dance, published vocal arrangements and forays into everything from jazz and electronica to commissions for contemporary classical music. He has written soundtracks to over 50 film and television productions and has received numerous awards for his soundtracks including three Leo Awards and the Gerardmer Film Festival Award for “Best Score."

Don has been active as a choral singer since a very young age, and as a result many of his works use voice in some way. His commissioned opera, KHAOS, received a highlighted performance at the 2013 Opera America Conference, and his choral works have been performed and recorded by many fine ensembles including Rajaton, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Cornell University Glee Club, and Elektra Women’s Choir. His published choral works are available from ECS, G.Schirmer and Cypress.

Mr. Macdonald lives in Nelson, British Columbia, and teaches at the Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology Program.

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