John McDonald, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Graduate Music Studies at Tufts University, 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. His recordings appear on the Albany, Archetype, Boston, Bridge, Capstone, Neuma, New Ariel, and New World labels, and he has concertized widely as composer and pianist.
His recent compositions include:
Peace Process (basset horn and piano)
The Creatures’ Choir (evening-long song cycle for voice and piano)
Ways To Jump (choral work concerning frogs)
Piano Albums (annual collections of piano miniatures)
Stäudlin As Vogl: Preamble To A Winter Journey (alto saxophone and piano)
Four Compositions (flute and piano)