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curriculum vitae of

David MacDonald

(updated 10 February 2012)

Education:

  • Michigan State University College of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, 2011 (3.96 GPA)
  • Michigan State University College of Music, Master of Music in composition, 2008 (3.98 GPA)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music, Bachelor of Music in composition and trumpet performance, cum laude, 2006

Teaching Experience:

  • August 2011-present:
    • Adjunct instructor in the music department at Grand Valley State University teaching three courses per semester and supervising music department recording services for student ensembles and recitals.
      Courses: Music 100 “Introduction to Music Literature” (3 credits, 40-50 students), Music 218 “World Music” (3 credits, 25-30 students), and Music 219 “Jazz History” (3 credits, 40-50 students)
  • January 2011-May 2011:
    • Affiliate instructor in the music department at GVSU for Music 129 “Music Fundamentals” and Music 218 “World Music”
  • August 2010-present:
    • Graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Ron Newman for MSU Music 381, “20th-Century Music Theory”: Teaching 4 lab sections and assisting in 3 lectures per week, substituting for Dr. Newman in lectures, grading assignments for 60-65 students.
  • August 2009-May 2010:
    • Composition area graduate assistant: teaching private and group composition lessons and maintaining a studio of four to seven undergraduate and graduate students. Organizing and presenting two to three concerts per semester of compositions by student composers at MSU. Leading other projects in the composition department, such as creating a website for the studio and producing live webcasts of performances.
  • August 2009-May 2010:
    • Instructor for MSU Music 182 and 183, “Aural Skills 1 and 2” (supervised by Dr. Bruce Taggart): teaching one section (two meetings per week) and grading assignments for 10-12 students.
  • August 2008-May 2009:
    • Graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Gordon Sly for MSU Music 280 and 281, “Musicianship 2 and 3” (sophomore theory): Teaching 3 lab sections and assisting in 3 lectures per week, grading assignments for 40-45 students.
  • August 2007-May 2008:
    • Instructor for MSU Music 178 and 179, “Non-Major Music Theory 1 and 2” (supervised by Dr. Ron Newman): Designing course syllabus, classroom materials (assignments, etc.) and teaching up to 25 students in 178 and 10 students in 179.
  • August 2006-May 2007:
    • Graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Bruce B. Campbell for MSU Music 180, “Fundamentals of Music”; and Music 181, “Musicianship 1” (freshman theory): Teaching 3 lab sections and assisting in 3 lectures per week, grading assignments for 45-50 students.
  • September 2005-July 2006:
    • Private trumpet instructor for junior high and high school students in School of the Osage district in Osage Beach, MO.

Web Technology Experience:

  • January 2011-present:
    • Co-founded SoundNotion, a weekly video and audio podcast network discussing topics related to new music. Managed the web site for the podcast. “Broadcast” director during production. Maintained separate video and audio RSS feeds. (HTML, XML, PHP, MySQL, CSS, WordPress)
      (http://soundnotion.tv)
  • December 2009-May 2011:
    • Designed and maintained a dynamic website for the composition area of the College of Music at Michigan State University. Designed and implemented a custom web application for connecting composers and performers (New Music Finder). (HTML, Javascript, PHP, MySQL, CSS, WordPress)
      (http://comp.music.msu.edu)
  • October 2009-May 2011:
    • Produced and directed live audio/video webcasts of MSU composition concerts. Two- to four- camera productions with production graphics. Video and audio mixed live on a PC in VidBlaster, streamed to the web using Ustream’s free service. Recorded video for most productions. (VidBlaster, Ustream, Adobe Illustrator)

Other Experience:

  • December 2009-May 2011:
    • Co-Artistic Director of SCENE&heard concert series, which presents about four concerts of new music each year at the (SCENE) Metrospace gallery in East Lansing, Michigan.

Awards and Honors:

  • Winner, 2008 Tyler Youth Orchestra New Music Project Composition Contest
  • Winner, 2007 Michigan State University Honors Competition (for Emulsion Quintet)
  • Winner, 2006 BMI Student Composer Awards (for Elegy)
  • Honorable Mention, 2005 MTNA Missouri composition competition (for sax discourse)
  • Finalist, 2005 Sinquefield Family Foundation Prize in Composition

Selected Performances:

  • March 2010:
    • Performance of Falling up the down escalator at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, University of Georgia (Athens, GA) by H2 Quartet
  • July 2009:
    • Performance of Inner/Outer Monologue and premiere of Falling up the down escalator at the World Saxophone Congress, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand by Jonathan Nichol and H2 Quartet, respectively
  • November 2008:
    • Premiere of Folding in by the Tyler Youth Orchestra, conducted by Ryan Ross
  • April 2008:
    • Premiere of Inner/Outer Monologue at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) by Jonathan Nichol
  • October 2007:
    • Performance of Emulsion Quintet at Michigan State University by Musique 21, conducted by Raphael Jimenez
  • March 2007:
    • Premiere of Emulsion Quintet at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall by University of Missouri faculty ensemble

Recording:

  • March 2010:
    • Falling up the down escalator recorded by H2 Quartet on their album Times and Spaces on Blue Griffin Records.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society of Composers, Incorporated
  • College Music Society
  • American Composers Forum (previously, American Music Center)
  • Broadcast Music Incorporated

Selected Compositions:

  • alone together (2012), solo alto saxophone, commissioned by a consortium of saxophonists and others via Kickstarter.com, duration 8′, to be premiered by Timothy Rosenberg at the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at Arizona State University
  • Concerto for Steelpan and Wind Ensemble (2011), duration 20′, to be premiered during the 2012-2013 concert season at Michigan State University
  • Falling up the down escalator (2009), saxophone quartet, duration 7’, premiered at the 2009 World Saxophone Congress at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand by the H2 Saxophone Quartet.
    Recorded by the H2 Quartet on their album Times and Spaces, released March 2010.
  • Voices 2 (2009), solo piano, duration 5’, premiered April 26, 2009 by Joel Thomas at Michigan State University.
  • Folding in (2008), orchestra, commissioned by the Tyler Youth Orchestra, duration 8’, premiered November 9, 2008 by the TYO, conducted by Ryan Ross, at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.
  • Inner/Outer Monologue (2007), solo tenor saxophone, duration 8’, premiered April 18, 2008 by Jonathan Nichol at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference at the University of South Carolina.
    Also performed at the 2009 World Saxophone Congress at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand by Jonathan Nichol.
  • Color me “Enchanted” (2007), violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone, and piano, duration 2’, premiered October 23, 2007 by Ji Hyun Kim, violin; Sara Stolt, clarinet; Drew Whiting, saxophone; and Jun Okada, piano at Michigan State University.
  • Greek Lyric Poems (2007), baritone, alto flute, and piano, text from Greek Lyric Poetry (trans. Sherod Santos), duration 15’, premiered May 4, 2007 by Joe Baunoch, baritone; Marissa Olin, Flute; and Kawai Chan, piano at Michigan State University.
  • Voices (2007), solo trumpet, duration 4’30”, premiered May 4, 2007 by Mark Flegg, at Michigan State University.
  • Emulsion Quintet (2007), mixed chamber ensemble (clarinet/b. clarinet, soprano saxophone, horn, cello, marimba), duration 13’, premiered March 23, 2007 at Weill Recital Hall, New York City (2007 MSU Honors Competition-winning composition).
    Also performed Oct. 1, 2007 by Musique 21, conducted by Raphael Jimenez at Michigan State University.
  • Elegy (2005), soprano, baritone, french horn, and string quartet, text from Elegy for My Sister (Sherod Santos), duration 18’, premiered April 15, 2006 at the University of Missouri (2006 BMI SCA-winning composition).
  • sax discourse (2004), saxophone quartet (SATB), duration 4’, premiered March 13, 2005 by the Contreras Saxophone Quartet at the University of Missouri

Contact information and references available upon request.