Pianist Margaret McDonald, a native of Minnesota, is an Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder. She joined the College of Music keyboard faculty in the fall of 2004. She helped to develop the College’s new graduate degree program in Collaborative Piano and directed the undergraduate collaborative curriculum. Ms. McDonald enjoys a very active performing career regionally and nationally as a recital partner with many distinguished artists including the Takacs Quartet, Kathleen Winkler, Zuill Bailey, Wendy Warner, Carol Wincenc, Christina Jennings, Tadeu Coelho, George Pope, David Shifrin, Ben Kamins, William VerMeulen, Philip Myers, Steven Mead, and Velvet Brown.
She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota where she was a student of Lydia Artymiw. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California – Santa Barbara, where she worked with Anne Epperson. Ms. McDonald attended the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, CA) in the summers of 2000 through 2002 as a fellowship student in both vocal and instrumental collaboration. She received a fellowship to study at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center in the summer of 2003 where she worked closely with Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, and Robert Spano.
She has been a staff accompanist at the Meadowmount School for Strings in New York and is an official accompanist at the Music Teachers National Association competition and the National Flute Association annual convention. Ms. McDonald spends her summers as a faculty member at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara where she holds the Thomson Family Chair in Collaborative Piano.