Beth McDonald

Beth McDonald
Electronics Technician

Beth McDonald is a classically trained tuba player gone awry.  She performs mostly as an improviser, using the tuba acoustically or in conjunction with electronic processing, and she creates software for electroacoustic work and tactile/installation works.  She currently performs with Korean Jeans and the Duck Brain Ragtime Band, among other performance projects, and is an on-air DJ at WZRD Chicago.

Beth enjoys collaborating on cross-disciplinary performances, and has worked with artists such as Becky Grajeda (sound/theatre), Nathanael Lee Jones (writing/performance), Sasha de Koninick (electronic textile), Beth Bradfish (sound environments) and Mark Booth (sound/writing).  She has also premiered works by several composers; many of these pieces are featured on her solo album, “Still.”  In addition, Beth works behind the scenes at Chicago music school Piano Power, and was the Artistic Director of August Noise JP from 2011 through 2014.  August Noise worked to bring unexpected music to public spaces and to engage musicians more closely with their community.

Beth received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree from New England Conservatory.  She is currently finishing a Master’s in Computer Science at Northeastern Illinois University, where she is researching artificial intelligence and computer vision applications in plant sciences, among lots of other projects.