John McDonald will serve as the Chair for the National Education and Communications Standing Committee beginning July 1, 2024
John McDonald is the Director of Choir and Vocal Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, conductor of Cantus, the St. Louis Children’s Choirs tenor-bass ensemble, and artistic director and founder of the St. Louis based professional group, Continuum Vocal Ensemble. He is frequently invited as a guest conductor and adjudicator for events across the United States. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, John has served on the Education and Communication national standing committee since 2019, is a former district representative for the Illinois state chapter, and was selected as one of six conductors to represent ACDA in the 2023 International Conductors Exchange Program with Germany.
John holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, East Carolina University, and Middle Tennessee State University. He is grateful to his many mentors and teachers including Robert Bode, Raphael Bundage, Andrew Crane, Jamila McWhirter, and Charles Robinson.