Music composer for film, television, theatre and concert.

Don Macdonald’s composition credits include music for classical ensembles, opera, theatre, dance, published vocal works and forays into everything from jazz and rock to contemporary electronic music. He has has over 20 feature film credits and his operatic score for Cannes’ Film Festival winner “Shoes Off” was recognized as “one of the most compelling original scores attached to any Canadian film, ever……” (Vancouver Province). His soundtrack to the cult classic Zombie comedy “Fido” was recorded iwith the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and won the award for best soundtrack at the Gerardmer Film Festival in France. His soundtracks have been written for many of the large studios including Lions Gate, Metro Goldwyn Meyer and 20th Century Fox.

Don’s classical compositions have been performed by some of Canada’s most noted ensembles including Uzume Taiko Ensemble, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, the Vancouver Bach Choir and Electra Women’s Choir. His most recent commission, for the opera “KHAOS”, resulted in a Director’s Choice award at the Boston Metro Opera Composition Competition and was highlighted at the 2013 Opera America Conference as one of 4 pieces selected to the New Works Sampler. His composition “Tabula Rasa”, one of 4 published choral works, received the DaCapo Chamber Choir award for Best Choral Composition in 2010.

Don currently resides in Nelson, BC where he teaches at the Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology Program.



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In July Don completed the score to the indie comedy "Lawrence and Holloman"
Opera America Khaos wide
Khaos receives international recognition at the Opera America Conference.
Tabula Rasa is to be recorded by the Vancouver Chamber Choir in their upcoming album " A Quiet Place" due to be released in Nov 2013.
In July 2013 Don became the composer in residence for the Woodstock-Fanshaw Singers for the 2013/2014 season.
In June 2013 Don won the Leo Award for Best Soundtrack to a Feature Film for his score for "Camera Shy".
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