Composer – Don Macdonald has a varied musical background that includes experience as a performer, conductor, educator, and composer. Throughout his musical life composition has been Don’s main focus and his credits include commissioned classical works, arrangements and compositions for CD recordings and scores for award winning film and television. Commissioned works have been performed and recorded in Canada and abroad for ensembles including choir, orchestra and concert band. In 2010 he was awarded 1st prize in the Da Capo national choral music competition for his work Tabula Rasa. His vocal background includes being a founding member of Musica Intima and Chor Leone two of Canada’s premiere vocal ensembles, freelance work with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and solo work with a variety of ensembles including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His conducting experience includes positions as Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Bach Choir, Musical Director of the Simon Fraser University Choir and studio conductor for film and T.V. sessions. He has received two Genie nominations and 5 Leo nominations for his work in Canadian film and his orchestral score for “Fido” won the prize for best soundtrack at the Gerardmer Film Festival in France. He is currently instructing at the Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology Program in Nelson, BC where he heads the composition department.