Christine MacDonnell

Christine MacDonnell's Biography

A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Christine MacDonnell went on to receive her Master of Music in clarinet performance from The Juilliard School. She has performed in the New York area at Paper Mill Playhouse and Radio City Music Hall, and she has appeared with the Albany Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Northeast Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Nationally, she has performed with The Philly Pops and at venues such as the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; Georgia State University; and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

Christine has performed and lectured locally and performed abroad as principal clarinet in the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Brazil and the Nova Philharmonia Portuguesa in Portugal. She has been a featured clarinet artist in the V Festival Internacional de Sopros in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and she has served two U.S. Presidents in the "President's Own" Marine Band. Christine has toured nationally with productions such as Phantom of the Opera; Miss Saigon; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; and Falsettos. A popular freelance musician in New York City and a Broadway regular on shows such as Aladdin, Anastasia, Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King. She also plays with numerous chamber ensembles, having accompanied artists such as Bernadette Peters, Florence Henderson, Aretha Franklin and Frank Sinatra Jr.

Christine serves as a woodwind instructor at the United Nations International School and conducts master classes at various universities within the United States. She has been interviewed and featured on WPFW Jazz and Justice in Washington, DC and on Clarinet Corner, for Troy University Public Radio. Her classical CDs Enchanted Saint Saens and Clarinet Rhapsody have been hailed as "beautifully played and well-deserving of its title." Her recording Chris' Journey, A Whimsical Collage of Music features a piece specifically written for her. It is unique in that she performs on 11 different woodwind instruments while depicting various styles.

Christine is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a D’Addario Performing Artist.

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