Instructor, Ear Training, Composition, Improvisation, Filmscoring, Violin
BMus (University of Victoria)
250.352.6601 Ext. 11362
Selkirk College, Attn: Don Macdonald
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
"I'm passionate about helping students achieve their goals at any stage of their musical journey. A strong foundation in music can lead to a lifetime of rewarding and enriching experiences."
Don Macdonald is an award-winning composer of film and concert music, and he has an eclectic musical background as a performer, producer, educator and conductor.
Don’s composition credits include music for theatre and dance, published choral works and forays into everything from rock and jazz to world and folk music. A multiple Canadian Film Awards nominee and three-time Leo Award winner, he has over 50 film music credits and has worked with many of the major studios, including 20th Century Fox and Lions Gate Films. His choral works have been performed and recorded by many fine ensembles, including Rajaton (Finland), the Vancouver Chamber Choir (Can), the Luther College Nordic Choir (USA), Cantus (USA) and the Raffles Singers (Singapore). His published choral works are available from ECS, Hal Leonard and Cypress. In 2021, he became the composer in residence (a three-year appointment) for Chor Leoni Men’s Choir.
A multi-instrumentalist, Don has performed professionally on saxophone, violin and voice. He has been fortunate to study with some of the finest contemporary-style violinists in the world, including Mark O’Conner, Billy Contreras and Christian Howes. His vocal background includes being a founding member of Musica Intima and Chor Leoni, two of Canada’s premier vocal ensembles, freelance work with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and solo work with a variety of ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.