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, the Callithumpian Consort, cbs trio, Seraph Brass, and the Four Horsemen Quartet. She also works behind the scenes at Piano Power and the Callithumpian Consort, and works at the SICPP Electronic Music Workshop each summer.
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 Brass, Sound 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 Stephen Drury, Tanya Kalmanovitch, John Mallia, and Ted Reichman. She graduated from summa cum laude from University of Kentucky, where she studied tuba with Dr. Skip Gray and additionally focused on nonpartisan politics and food/agriculture. Previously, she studied tuba with John Cradler and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
In a previous life she was an active concerto soloist, performing with Pershing’s Own Army Band, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, and others. She has also been a fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the SICPP Electronic Music Workshop.
Current Ventures / Activities:
- Korean Jeans (amplified rock-noise-improv with Neal Markowski)
- cbs trio (ambient with Caroline Park and Matt Samolis)
- Callithumpian Consort (American contemporary classical music), as tubist and digital content manager
- SICPP festival (Electronics Workshop technical assistant)
- Seraph Brass (classical brass quintet)
- Four Horsemen (classical/educational quartet)