Photo by  Adam DeTour

Photo by Adam DeTour


Beth McDonald is a classically trained tuba player gone awry. She works largely in the fields of electroacoustic music, the American avant-garde, jazz, and free improvisation. She currently performs with Korean Jeans and the Callithumpian Consort, among other groups. She also works behind the scenes at Piano Power and the SICPP music festival in Boston each June.

As Artistic Director of the August Noise JP concert series for four seasons, she worked to bring unexpected music to public spaces and to engage her fellow musicians in their community. Previously, Beth performed with Lindenbomber Fleet, Boston Modern BrassSound Icon, Discovery Ensemble, Dog Brain Ragtime Band, and the Brian Friedland Big Band.

Beth received her Master's degree from New England Conservatory, where she worked under the guidance of John Mallia, Stephen DruryTanya Kalmanovitch, and Ted Reichman. She graduated from summa cum laude from University of Kentucky, where she studied tuba with Dr. Skip Gray and did additional studies in political science and food/agriculture. Previously, she studied tuba with John Cradler and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Current Ventures / Activities:

  • Korean Jeans (amplified rock-noise-improv with Neal Markowski)

  • Callithumpian Consort (American contemporary classical music), as tubist and electronics performer

    • SICPP festival (Electronics Workshop technical assistant)