Artist-In-Residence to join Marshall University jazz students, faculty in concert


Jazz composer, arranger, pianist and educator Earl MacDonald will perform with the School of Music and Theatre students and faculty with his own compositions and arrangements at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Smith Recital Hall.

During his three-day artist-in-residence visit, MacDonald will spend time with jazz majors and Jazz I, the school’s top jazz ensemble, said Dr. Martin Saunders, director of jazz studies..

Currently associate professor and director of jazz studies at the University of Connecticut, MacDonald earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a Master of Music degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron. MacDonald is an active clinician, guest conductor and teacher at summer camps.

The UConn Chapter of the American Association of University Professors honored MacDonald with its 2006 Excellence Award for Teaching Innovation and 2003 Teaching Promise awards. Additionally, he received the 2013 School of Fine Arts Outstanding Faculty Award at UConn.

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Photo: Jazz composer, arranger, pianist and educator Earl MacDonald will perform with students and faculty Wednesday, Sept. 30.