John McDonald, composer and pianist
Professor of Music
D.M.A. (1989), M.M.A. (1983), M.M. (1982), Yale School of Music; B.A. Yale University (1981)
Recently described as “the New England master of the short piece,” John McDonald is a composer who tries to play the piano and a pianist who tries to compose. He is Professor of Music at Tufts University, where he teaches composition, theory, and performance. His output concentrates on vocal, chamber, and solo instrumental works, and includes interdisciplinary experiments. Before coming to Tufts in 1990, he taught at Boston University, Longy School of Music, M.I.T., and the Rivers Conservatory. He was the Music Teachers National Association Composer of the Year in 2007, and served as the Valentine Visiting Professor of Music at Amherst College in 2016-2017.
Forthcoming 2018-2019 Borik Press: Stirring Up the Music: The Life, Works, and Influence of Composer T(homas) J(efferson) Anderson