The professional life of Donald E. McGinnis, PhD

by Titus, Jaime R.

Abstract (Summary)
Conductor, performer, and educator Dr. Donald E. McGinnis (b. 1917), directed The Ohio State University Concert Band from 1952 to 1979, played principal clarinet and flute in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and was recognized as a distinguished educator by numerous musical organizations. A native of Barberton, Ohio, McGinnis graduated from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied clarinet with George Waln. He received a Masters of Arts and PhD from the University of Iowa, studying clarinet with Himie Voxman. Flute studies included lessons with Robert Cavally and Maurice Sharp. McGinnis began his career at The Ohio State University in 1941 as Assistant Director of the Concert Band under Manley Whitcomb. He was appointed conductor of the Concert Band in 1952 and developed the program into one of the most recognized bands in the country. He gained prominence as a conductor and was elected to The American Bandmasters Association in 1956. McGinnis served as President in 1978, and was granted Honorary Life Membership in 1999. An accomplished clarinetist and flutist, McGinnis developed a reputation as a woodwind authority, and was a clinician and recording artist for the Selmer Company for thirty years. Considerable research for this document was obtained through oral interviews with McGinnis. Thirty-five colleagues and students of McGinnis contributed to this document through personal interviews and questionnaires. Other research materials were available through McGinnis’ personal collection of concert programs and artifacts, The Ohio State University Archives, The Oberlin Archives, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and The Ohio State University School of Music. In addition to a complete chronological study of McGinnis’ professional activities, pedagogy and philosophies, this document presents an extensive repertoire list from The Ohio State University Concert Band, recording lists, instrumentation information, and pedagogical materials used in clinics and in the classroom. This document also discusses McGinnis’ role and influence in the cultural history of the concert band during the wind ensemble movement and radical changes in repertoire.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The Ohio State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:donald mcginnis ohio state university concert band selmer american bandmasters association columbus symphony orchestra


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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