David’s music has been performed at venues around the world, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He is from St. Louis, Missouri and received a B.M. in composition and trumpet performance from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a M.M. and D.M.A. in composition from Michigan State University. He has studied composition with Ricardo Lorenz, W. Thomas McKenney, and Stefan Freund. He is currently a course director at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, where he teaches Music Business Management and Critical Listening for Music Professionals. He has previously taught at Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University.

In 2007, David won the Michigan State University Honors Competition for Emulsion Quintet, and in 2006, he was a winner of the 54th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards for Elegy. He was a 2005 finalist in the Sinquefield Family Foundation Prize in Composition. He has been commissioned by Hastings College Symphonic Band, H2 Quartet, and others.

David is one of the founders of SoundNotionTV, a podcast network featuring audio and video shows about music and the arts. He previously served as founder co-Artistic Director of SCENE&heard, a new music concert series at the (SCENE) Metrospace gallery in East Lansing, Michigan.

Please feel free to contact me at davidmacdonaldmusic@gmail.com.


Falling Up the Down Escalator

For saxophone quartet, performed here by H2 Quartet on their album Times and Spaces

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Inner/Outer Monologue

For tenor saxophone, performed here by Jonathan Nichol

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Greek Lyric Poems

Text translated by Sherrod Santos. Performed here by Joseph Baunoch, Marissa Olin, and Kawai Chan.