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Regular Full and Part Time Faculty, Ensemble Directors

John McDonald
Chair and Professor of Music

John McDonald is Music Department Chair and Professor of Music at Tufts University, where he served as Director of Graduate Music Studies from 2000 to 2010 and previously as Department Chair from 2000 to 2003. He is a composer who tries to play the piano and a pianist who tries to compose. McDonald was named the 2007 MTNA—Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association, and received the 2009 Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising from Tufts University. In 2010, he received the Waring Prize from Western Reserve Academy, the highest award given to alumni of that school. His recordings appear on the Albany, Archetype, Boston, Bridge, Capstone, Neuma, New Ariel, and New World labels, and he has concertized widely as composer, pianist, and collaborative performer. New releases include pianist Andrew Rangell's performance of McDonald's Meditation Before A Sonata: Dew Cloth, Dream Drapery, on Bridge Records.

Recent performances at the Goethe Institut of Boston, at Tufts, and at many other venues have been highly acclaimed. McDonald is a member of The Mockingbird Trio, directs the Tufts Composers Concert Series, and serves on the boards of several performance organizations in New England. He has recently fulfilled commissions from The Chamber Orchestra of Boston, pianist David Holzman, The Firebird Ensemble (for an Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Residency, with support from a Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections Award), the ANA Trio (Fredonia University; soprano, cello, and piano), and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East (as a Resident Composer, 2012), among others. Recent and upcoming performances and projects include a three-concert series with the Mockingbird Trio in Jamaica Plain, a performance of Schubert's Winterreise with saxophonist Philipp Staeudlin at Harvard Musical Association, the formation of a new trio with flutist Marco Granados and saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, performing as keyboardist in Tod Machover's new opera Death and the Powers, and recordings of Hovhaness's Song of the Sea (with BMOP players on BMOP Sound), an album of American Bass Music with Robert Black (New World Records 80722), a retrospective of McDonald's violin and piano music with soloist Joanna Kurkowicz (forthcoming on Bridge Records), and several other recording endeavors.

John McDonald

John McDonald

Office: M146, M241, Granoff Music Center
Email Professor
Phone: 617.627.5624

Chair Hours:
On Leave

Teaching Office Hours:
On Leave

Open Studio Hours (M241):
Tue 1:00-6:30pm
Fri 1:00-5:00pm

Department of Music
Granoff Music Center
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155