At the age of fourteen, clarinetist Shannon McDonald performed as a soloist at the Mid-America Music Festival for an audience of over one thousand. The experience solidified in her a love of performing and the realization that sharing music with an audience of any size would become her passion. Since then, Shannon has performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Wind Ensemble, toured Europe with the American Music Ambassadors, and played in the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Cobb Symphony Orchestra) and the Atlanta Wind Symphony. She currently performs with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, the Frost Wind Ensemble, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.
In addition to solo and large ensemble work, Shannon especially enjoys performing chamber music. She has performed in many chamber ensembles both locally, nationally, and internationally. In the past she has performed with Trio Minvera, along with flutist Jacob Wright and guitarist Alexander Gillen. Her current chamber music project is the Denton Duo. Shannon, along with clarinetist Crysten Ivy, have performed at various conferences in the United States. Their new Youtube project will showcase the duo performing duets, trios, quartets, and other chamber works.
Trio Minerva performing at the 2018 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Photo credit: Paula Hartsough
Shannon and research partners Danielle Woolery and Natalie Wright were awarded the first prize at the International Clarinet Association's Research Contest at Clarinetfest 2018 in Belgium. Their research, "An Examination of the Pedagogical Content of the Clarinet Solos on the Texas University Interscholastic League Prescribed Music List" will be published in
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Shannon has presented at numerous national conferences. Her article "An Analysis of Jennifer Higdon's Clarinet Sonata" was published in the the Winter 2018 edition of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion
Shannon, Danielle, and Natalie presenting their research at the 2017 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference in Montevallo, AL.
Photo credit: Sara May
Shannon received her Bachelor of Music in Performance from Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA), and her Master of Arts in Instrumental Pedagogy from Texas Woman's University (Denton, TX). She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. She holds memberships with Pi Kappa Lambda, the International Clarinet Association, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. Currently she resides in Homestead, Florida with her husband and three cats, Aja, Eleanor Rigby, and Daryl Dixon.