Will MacDonald, age 16
Thanks to the opportunities provided by the Women’s Symphony Association, Will MacDonald began studying classical violin at the age of 5 with Mutsuko Tatman. When he was 6 he alternatively picked up a fiddle. Currently he studies privately with Nick Coventry, Matt Rolland, and Wynne Rife. He has enjoyed three years of music composition through TSO’s Young Composer’s Project. In 2015 he was a finalist in TSO’s Young Artist’s Competition. In September 2017 he became the Arizona State Overall Fiddle Champion. Will enjoys playing classical, jazz, old-time, and bluegrass all over the Southwest with his brother Lee in the duo "Young MacDonald”.
Lee MacDonald, age 13
At the ripe old age of 7, Lee was invited to accompany his older brother Will on the cello. Graciously, Lee accepted this invitation, and his studies began with Professor Theodore Buchholz. Currently Lee studies with Mary Beth Tyndall and Nick Coventry, and enjoys playing string bass with the Tucson Jazz Institute. In 2016 he won 2nd Place in TSO’s Young Artists Competition, and 1st Place at the Tucson Cello Congress competition in January 2018. Lee has played "back-up cello” in countless fiddle contests around the Southwest. He holds up the cello part of the duo in "Young MacDonald”, and can be heard regularly in venues around town.