Resumé

Earl MacDonald

Director of Jazz Studies, University of Connecticut

Composer - Arranger – Pianist - Educator

 

 

EDUCATION:

 
MASTER OF MUSIC, May 1995 (Jazz Studies)
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Studies with Kenny Barron, Ralph Bowen, Joanne Brackeen & Michael Phillip Mossman.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC, June 1992 (Major in Jazz Performance, Distinction in Jazz Piano)
McGILL UNIVERSITY, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Studies with Luc Beaugrand, Jon Ballantyne, Kevin Dean, Fred Henke & André White.

PRIVATE STUDY / PERSONAL UPGRADING: (selected)
· BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop, New York City (2013-14, 2006-07, 2003–04)
· jazz improvisation lessons with Charlie Banacos (2006)
· conducting courses with Dr. Jeffrey Renshaw at the University of Connecticut (2001–02)
· big band arranging lessons with Michael Abene, Paterson, NY (2001–02, 1999)
· piano lessons with Fred Hersch (monthly), New York City (2001–02)
· composition lessons with Michael Philip Mossman & Maria Schneider, NYC (1999)
· piano lessons with Kenny Werner (1998)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

 
09/2000 - present:
DIRECTOR OF JAZZ STUDIES
Department of Music, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
* tenure and promotion to Associate Professor granted in 2005.

09/2009 - 09/2010:
ASSOCIATE DEPARTMENT HEAD
Department of Music, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

08/98 - 06/2000:
MUSICAL DIRECTOR, KEYBOARDIST, ARRANGER
Maynard Ferguson Music USA, Inc.

08/97 - 05/98:
VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF JAZZ
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

09/96 - 05/97:
SABBATICAL REPLACEMENT (full-time)
St. Françis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

08/92 - present:
FREELANCE MUSICIAN

ACHIEVEMENTS, AWARDS, GRANTS:

 
· JUNO award nomination for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, 2014
· UConn School of Fine Arts Outstanding Faculty Award, 2013
· JUNO award nomination, for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year, 2011
· Winner, jazz song category, 10th Annual Independent Music Awards, 2011
· Winner, "Best Jazz Group", Hartford Advocate readers' poll (New Directions Ensemble), 2011
· UConn School of Fine Arts Special Achievement Award, 2011
· Finalist, ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest, the Netherlands, 2011 & 2008
· Artist Fellowship, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, 2009
· UConn Research Foundation Large Grant, 2008
· Finalist, Charlie Parker/BMI Jazz Composition Award, 2007
· AAUP Excellence Award for Teaching Innovation, 2006
· “Best Jazz Group,” Hartford Advocate’s Reader’s Poll (the Earl MacDonald 6), 2004
· New Scholar Award, School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut, 2004
· Artist Fellowship, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, 2003
· AAUP Excellence Award for Teaching Promise, 2003
· Sammy Nestico Award, for outstanding big band arrangement,sponsored by the USAF, 2003


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS:

 
- CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)
- CMA (Chamber Music America)
- SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)
- Music Educators National Conference: the National Association for Music Education
- Connecticut Music Educators Association
- College Music Society
- American Federation of Musicians, Local 190
- Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society
- Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary member)
- Hartford Jazz Society

PROMINENT PERFORMANCE COLLEAGUES:

Jerry Bergonzi, Ralph Bowen, Don Braden, John Clark, Larry Coryell, Kevin Dean, Denis DiBlasio, Wayne Escoffery, Charles Fambrough, Joel Frahm, Hugh Fraser, Brad Goode, Jerri Granelli, Tom Harrell, Andre Hayward, Jeff Holmes, Steve Houghton, Ingrid Jensen, Tony Kadleck, Kirk MacDonald, Joe Magnarelli, Michael Philip Mossman, Dick Oatts, Jeremy Pelt, P.J. Perry, Tim Ries, Dianne Schuur, Marvin Stamm, Tom Varner, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, and Dave Young.


Attached Documents:

Download this file (Earl_MacDonald_-_CV.doc)Earl MacDonald - CV (MS-Word)
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