Will MacDonald is sixteen, and has been playing the violin since he was five years old. He was given his first seven years of lessons by the generosity of The Women’s Symphony Association in downtown Tucson. Currently he studies classical violin with Wynne Rife, jazz with Nick Coventry, and fiddle with Matt Rolland. Over the years he has enjoyed all styles of music. He has traveled to Washington DC as part of the Arizona team for National History Day to perform fiddle music as the historical character Pierre Cruzatte, the head boatman and a great fiddle player on the Lewis and Clark Exhibition. Will was a finalist in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist’s Competition in 2015, and enjoys playing violin in his homeschool orchestra. Over the years he has been an Arizona State fiddle champion in his age division many times, as well as the runner-up in the Overall Division. He has completed three years of TSO’s outstanding Young Composers Project, writing two pieces for the symphony and a string quartet.
Will enjoys playing in three bands around town, Hot Club Jr. (gypsy jazz), Young MacDonald (an old time, Bluegrass, and jazz duo with his brother), and a family band called Akin Tucsong. Will would not have had the opportunity to play the violin at all if it had not been for the exceptional generosity of our musical community. We dedicate this performance to all of those individuals who have made it possible for underprivileged children in our city to study music. Thank you! Will is joined by his brother Lee MacDonald who is thirteen. Lee has studied cello with Mary Beth Tyndall for four years. Lee won 2nd Place in TSO’s Young Artists Competition in 2016.
Suggested admission is $10 at the door. Students with ID are complimentary.