Dosia McKay

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April 6, 2017 - I have uprooted my family, my music studio, and my painting studio in Asheville, North Carolina, and journeyed across the American continent to start afresh in Portland, Oregon. You can see a photo album of my journey on Facebook and Google+.


January 8, 2017 - Marvin Rosen performs Submerged on his piano recital at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.


December 15, 2016 - The Knox-Galesburg Symphony conducted by Bruce Polay will perform "Unveiling" next season.


November 14, 2016 - Professor Bruce Polay of Knox College discusses "Unveiling" in his course "Introduction to Music II" along with works of Tania Leon, John Adams, and Bruce Polay.


November 13, 2016 - Opal String Quartet performs Is Now Not Enough? during a concert sponsored by Pan Harmonia at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Asheville, NC.


November 11, 2016 - Opal String Quartet performs Is Now Not Enough? during a concert sponsored by Pan Harmonia at St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, NC.


November 10, 2016 - Radio interview on NPR's WCQS Asheville with Kate Steinbeck of Pan Harmonia to discuss upcoming concerts featuring Is Now Not Enough? to be performed by Opal String Quartet.


March 20, 2016 - Watercolors for Symphony Orchestra - a new piece I just completed is looking for a premiere by an orchestra!


February 11, 2016 - Endless Immersion is now on Spotify.


February 8, 2016 - Glossolalia is now on Spotify.


January 13, 2016 - Is Now Not Enough? is featured by Princeton's WPRB Classical Discoveries, "Viva 21st Century", hosted by Marvin Rosen.


December 21, 2015 - A new piece for piano solo entitled Seven.


November 13, 2015 - Inner Voices String Quartet performs Is Now Not Enough? at the Hive in Knoxville, TN.


October 9, 2015 - I spoke with Kate Steinbeck and Ivan Seng of Pan Harmonia about contemporary music, the process of composition, and commissioning new music at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of North Carolina Asheville.


July 27, 2015 - A 2-hour interview with Chrlie Griffin on "Zero Crossings" on WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL featuring excerpts from Endless Immersion, Glossolalia, and Lacrimosa.


July 13, 2015 - Endless Immersion featured on "Zero Crossings" hosted by Charlie Griffin on WPRK 91.5 FM in Winter Park, FL.


May 30, 2015 - Is Now Not Enough? performed by NeoQuartet at the Asean Music Week in Nanning, China.


May 30, 2015 - Glossolalia performed by NeoQuartet premieres at the Beijing Modern Music Festival.


May 25, 2015 - Jackpot - a new composition for Violin, Cello, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Piano, and Marimba.


May 15 and 16, 2015 - Endless Immersion installation is featured at the Asheville Electro-Music Festival.


April 9, 2015 - Endless Immersion, a new album of experimental electroacoustic music is now available.


April 6, 2015 - "A Whisperer In The Land Of Shouters" from Lacrimosa is featured on WPRK 91.5 FM Winter Park, FL on the program "Zero Crossings" featuring music of living composers, hosted by Charlie Griffin.


March 30, 2015 - NeoQuartet will perform selections from our recent recording Glossolalia at the Beijing Modern Music Festival in May 2015.


March 25, 2015 - Endless Immersion is set to release on April 9, 2015.


March 18, 2015 - Is Now Not Enough? is featured on WFCF 88.5 FM Flagler College Radio in St. Augustine, FL during the weekly program "Music of our Mothers" devoted to works of women composers, hosted by Dr. Ellen K. Grolman.


March 4, 2015 - Endless Immersion is set for an April release.


March 4, 2015 - Grit and Glitz is featured by Princeton's WPRB Classical Discoveries, on a program "In Praise of a Woman", music of American women composers hosted by Marvin Rosen.


January 27, 2015 - Endless Immersion - a new album is set to release in the Spring of 2015.


January 9, 2015 - First In Flight is featured on WUOT Knoxville (an NPR station) during the Morning Concert with Melony Dodson.


December 28, 2014 - Is Now Not Enough? is featured on WUOT Knoxville (an NPR station) during the Early Morning Concert with Kevin Richard Doherty.


December 27, 2014 - Glossolalia is featured by Princeton's WPRB Classical Discoveries hosted by Marvin Rosen during the Viva 21 Century Marathon of music by contemporary composers.


November 17, 2014 - Another favorable review of "Glossolalia" by a Polsh Arts Magazine MeaKultura.


October 24, 2014 - A highly favorable review of "Glossolalia" by Angelina Panozzo of New York's "I Care If You Listen" magazine.


October 12, 2014 - "Glossolalia" and "Is Now Not Enough?" receive their European / Polish premiere by NeoQuartet at the Festival Gdynia Classica Nova, Museum of the Town of Gdyna.


September 30, 2014 - "Parting" will be recorded by the Argentine guitar virtuoso Sergio Puccini for his upcoming album release.


August 25 and 28, 2014 - New York's Classical Music Radio Station WQXR featured the title track of Glossolalia on the program "Her Music: Today's Emerging Female Composer".


July 15, 2014 - WUOT Knoxville features "Is Not Not Enough?", the opening track from Glossolalia on the Afternoon Concert with Melony Dodson


July 8, 2014 - A great review of Glossolalia by Ewa Palinska of the Trojmiasto Magazine


June 29, 2014 - Sweet Baby, my new piece for SATB chorus a cappella is premiered by the members of C4 Ensemble under the direction of Fahad Siadat in New York, on the Composer's Voice concert at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church.


June 4, 2014 - Glossolalia has been released through major retailers, such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CD Baby, Bandcamp, and others. Downloads and audio CDs are available.


June 2, 2014 - I appeared on National Public Radio's WCQS Asheville station on Josh Jourdan's Afternoon Classical Music program to talk about my upcoming album release - Glossolalia. (www.wcqs.org)


May 21, 2014 - Glossolalia is set to release on June 4 on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, CDBaby, and Bandcamp. You can preorder audio CDs and MP3s and get a free MP3 download of one of the tracks right now.


April 21, 2014 - I am writing a fun piece for SATB a cappella chorus entitled "Sweet Baby" for a June premiere in New York by the members of the C4 Ensemble.


March 25, 2014 - The new album has been recorded, mixed, and mastered. The album cover has been designed. Get ready for Glossolalia to be released this spring.


January 25, 2014 - Preparations to the recording of my album featuring my music for string quartet are in full swing. I will be recording with NeoQuartet in Poland at the end of February, with a planned release for late spring or early summer.


January 20, 2014 - I have finished writing a new piece for string quartet entitled Glossolalia.


January 16, 2014 - Come behind the scenes and walk with me through my compositional process by watching these fun videos: Part 1 and Part 2.


December 4, 2013 - Parting - new composition written for Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben has been recorded and can be heard here.


December 2, 2013 - I am set to record a new album with a superb ensemble from Poland. NeoQuartet will record my music for strings this winter with a planned release for the spring or early summer.


November 17, 2013 - Mereise Ine Me - a new piece for electronically enhanced voice and a bass instrument


November 11, 2013 - City Lights - a new soundscape available for download


November 10, 2013 - Some of my scores for piano, string quartet, and brass quintet can be found on IMSLP - Petrucci Music Library


October, 21, 2013 - Presidential Brass Quintet at the Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA performs Invasion of Clowns


September 2, 2013 - NOCO - FresNO Dance COllective will dance to Cherry Blossom from Lacrimosa during the Current for Women Weekend in Tulare, CA on September 28.


July 21, 2013 - "First In Flight" for vibraphone and string quartet was premiered in Asheville at Mathias Church by Jason DeCristofaro, Pam Robbins, Paul Stroebel, Gina Mashburn Caldwell, and Mathew Wilkinson.


July 17, 2013 - I have written a new piece for vibraphone and string quartet entitled "First In Flight". It will be premiered in Asheville on July 21 at St. Mathias Church at 3:00 pm.


June 17, 2013 - I have written a new piece for solo Baroque lute for Will Tocaben. I will be releasing it soon.


March 27, 2013 - I was finally able to edit the video from a performance which took place almost two years ago. "Farewell Dream Garden" for soprano, flute, and strings, as performed by Sylwia Olszynska, soprano, and Renata Guzik, flute, with The Orpheus Orchestra under the direction of Jan Baryla at the Wroclaw University in Poland, May 2011. You can watch it here.


March 18, 2013 - The second part of my documentary (Composer Portrait - Lacrimosa) is live and can be seen here.


March 10, 2013 - My new string quartet entitled "Is Now Not Enough?" was premiered on the Composer's Voice Concert in Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York by Josh Henderson, Maya Bennardo, Blake Allen, and Susan D. Mandel. I also hope to record it this summer along with my other music for strings and to release a new album this fall. You can watch the video here.


March 7, 2013 - The first part of my documentary (Composer Portrait) is live and can be seen here.


November 30, 2012 - Clarinetist Steve Loew and pianist Daniel Weiser perform Two Moods in three recitals in Asheville, NC.


November 30, 2012 - Interview on WCQS, Asheville Public Radio station, talking about Two Moods for Clarinet and Piano.


September 28 and 29, 2012 - Asheville Ballet performs 4 selections from my recent Lacrimosa CD to the choreography of Ann Dunn at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC.


August 27, 2012 - Today, Echoes with John Diliberto, a daily two-hour music soundscape, distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations, featured my music from the album Lacrimosa. I appeared along Brian Eno and Dead Can Dance!


August 26, 2012 - Lacrimosa is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.


July 16, 2012 - Lacrimosa is now available on iTunes.


June 29, 2012 - My debut album Lacrimosa will be released in July. A post-classical fusion of the Medieval, Renaissance, Electronic Soundscape, and New Age Ambient music. A journey through meditative and sacred spaces, as well as joy and abandonment in highly dynamic dance sequences.


March 25, 2012 - I am working on my debut album to be released late spring / early summer. Be prepared for a few surprises.


March 25, 2012 - I have a lovely recording of Cantabile from my Three Monologues for String Quartet from the recent performance by the S.E.M. Ensemble. Listen by clicking here.


February 2, 2012 - My Three Monologues for string quartet were selected by the S.E.M. Ensemble for a Workshop and Reading of New Works on Feb. 12-15 with the public performance scheduled for Feb 15 in Brooklyn.


February 1, 2012 - I have made it to the first round in the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop. 5 composers to be chosen from the pool of 32.


January 5, 2012 - I uploaded a demo of "Farewell Dream Garden" for soprano, flute, and string orchestra. I am hoping that in the upcoming weeks I will be able to post a video from a live performance in Poland. For now enjoy the short demo here.


September 25, 2011 - My new string trio "Grit and Glitz" was premiered in Brooklyn's Exapno by Patti Kilroy, Nick Revel, and Rose Bellini.


August 6, 2011 - A string trio I am currently writing will be featured on the concert by the W4 New Music Collective on September 25 at Exapno in Brooklyn, NY.


August 5, 2011 - I uploaded a behind-the-scenes video from a recent recording session of a demo soundtrack to The Cathedral by Tomek Baginski. You can view it here.


June 21, 2011 - I uploaded a scene from "Girl on the Bridge" - La fille sur le pont (1999) by Patrice Leconte. I recently recorded a demo soundtrack to it with the NYU session orchestra at the Frederick Loewe Theater in Manhattan. You can view it here.


June 7, 2011 - "Unveiling" for string orchestra is premiered by by the North/South Consonance under the direction of Max Lifchitz in New York City at Christ and St. Stephen's Church.


May 26, 2011 - "Farewell Dream Garden" for soprano, flute, and string orchestra is premiered by Sylwia Olszynska, Renata Guzik, and the Orpheus Orchestra under the direction of Jan Baryla at the Wroclaw University in Poland. The work won the second prize in the International “Music in the Garden” Composers’ Competition Wroclaw – Kraków 2010/2011


May 8, 2011 - I finished working on a documentary "The Work is One" (2011) by Michelle Pomeroy. A couple of excerpts with my score can be seen on my reel page.


April 19, 2011 - I uploaded "The Garden" (2009), a short film by Jason Stefaniak. You can view it on my reel page.


March 13, 2011 - I uploaded the "Bubble Tree", an animation by Ran Jing, to my YouTube channel. You can enjoy it here. My score was the winner of the 2011 NYU Skirball Film Scoring Competition.


March 7, 2011 - My score to "Bubble Tree", an animation by Ran Jing, was premiered on the live concert by NYU Symphony Orchestra on March 7th at the Skirball Theater in New York.


February 21, 2011 - I have completed a score to "Brothers in Arms" (2006), a short film by Amos Ezra Katz. You can view it on my reel page.


January 19, 2011 - An MP3 of "The Cathedral", a soundtrack to an animation by Pixar, recently recorded at the Loewe Theater at NYU is now available on the music page.


January 19, 2011 - An MP3 of "The Cathedral", a soundtrack to an animation by Pixar, recently recorded at the Loewe Theater at NYU is now available on the music page.


December 28, 2010 - "Farewell Dream Garden" for soprano, flute, and string orchestra won the second prize in the International “Music in the Garden” Composers’ Competition Wroclaw – Kraków 2010/2011. It will be premiered in Poland this May by The Orpheus Orchestra.


December 20, 2010 - I completed another film scoring etude by composing original music to a scene from "Birds" (1963) by Alfred Hitchcock. You can watch it here.


November 29, 2010 - I have finished writing a score to a short student film "How Much?" by Nick Ordway. A pop/city groove with just a touch of Middle-Eastern flavor.


November 5, 2010 - I have finished writing a score to a short student film "New York Connection" by Rob Bianco. I enjoyed exploring Musique Concrete, techno, and electronica elements to enhance the flavors of this black-and-white thriller.


October 18, 2010 - I have finished writing a vocalise for soprano, flute, and chamber string orchestra, but I'm unable to reveal more until I submit the piece to competitions this fall.


October 10, 2010 - I will be recording a new demo soundtrack to The Cathedral by Pixar with the string orchestra at NYU this November. I'm also working on several soundtracks to short films.


September 25, 2010 - Unveiling for string orchestra was recently selected by the North/South Consonance to be performed next June at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church in New York City.


June 1, 2010 - I have completed "Unveiling" for string orchestra, one work in a series three orchestral compositions I am currently working on. Listen to an excerpt and read more about it on my blog.


May 2, 2010 - My soundtrack to "Homecoming" (2007) a short film by Josiah Signor was featured at the NYU Emerging Film Composers and Songwriters' Night at NYU Steinhardt.


April 28, 2010 - I uploaded a new track to the music page - Wilderness. I used it as a soundtrack in my scoring exercise for the opening scene to No Country for Old Men (2007) by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen which I have posted on the film page.


April 24, 2010 - "Gent I Paisatge de Datalunya" (1926) - People and Landscapes of Catalonia - a silent film depicting cultural life of the early XX c. Barcelona, to which I co-wrote an original score for two pianos, was screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as part of the Washington International Film Festival.


April 21, 2010 - Lush - a new work for soprano saxophone, piano, and jazz chamber orchestra has been recorded. Read about the session and download an MP3 file from here.


April 20, 2010 - I added several new sound files to the music page, in particular "Words" and "The Climb", along with a few soundtracks you might recognize from my film page.


March 28, 2010 - New soundtrack to a scene from a 1962 Russian film "Ivan's Childhood" by Andrei Tarkovsky has been recorded at the New York University and can be heard here.


"Lush" - a work for piano (improvisation), soprano saxophone, and jazz chamber orchestra is to be recorded at the end of March by Rich Shemaria (piano), Rob Jacoby (soprano saxophone), and musicians from the New York University.


March 5, 2010 - I uploaded soundtracks for "War and Peace" and "The Climb" to the film page.


February 6, 2010 - I finished scoring a scene from "War and Peace" (2007) by directors Robert Dornhelm and Brendan Donnison. A very exciting exercise, scoring a battle scene with a mix of symphonic elements and a touch of pop. I hope to upload a demo soon.


February 5, 2010 - I finished writing a score to Catalan silent film depicting cultural life of the early XX c. Barcelona. I co-wrote an original score with three other composers. The challenging aspect of the project was to research the characteristics of Catalan music of that period and to incorporate them into a score for two pianos. The film will be screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in April 2010 as part of the Washington International Film Festival.


January 24, 2010 - I finished scoring a short film by Ann Orrin - Mister Jung Stuffed.


December 16, 2009 - I finished writing "Lush" - a work for piano (improvisation), oboe, and jazz chamber orchestra.


December 17, 2009 - I have conducted a recording session of my score to Homecoming - a short film by Josiah Signor. It was a very fruitful session with professional musicians at the Dolan recording studio at the New York University.


December 3, 2009 - I finished scoring "Climb" - a short film by Vincent Ma. I prepared a very engaging electronic score for Vincent and hope to upload the film as soon as it is shown in film festivals this spring.


December 1, 2009 - I finished scoring "Words" - a short film by Max Strebel. I prepared an exciting demo score for piano solo and typewriter (!). I hope to upload the film as soon as it is shown in the film festivals this spring.


December 1, 2009 - I finished arranging Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" for big band.


November 29, 2009 - I finished scoring a short film by Josiah Signor - Homecoming.


November 15, 2009 - I finished arranging Cole Porter's "Night and Day" for string orchestra.


October 24, 2009 - New York University Percussion Ensemble directed by Jonathan Haas performs Inspector Bergen Returns at the Frederick Loewe Theatre in New York.


October 4, 2009 - I finished scoring the love scene from 1932 film "Freaks" by Tod Browning.


April 23, 2009 - New Music Ensemble, Rachel Grubb, conductor, performs Three Laments of Heloise and James Rice, piano, performs Pearlescent during "Music from the Living" at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Knoxville, TN.


April 19, 2009 - New Music Ensemble, Rachel Grubb, conductor, performs Three Laments of Heloise at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Knoxville, TN.


April 8, 2009 - Paula Farias Bujes, violin, Pedro Huff, cello, and Eva Elisabeth Holder, piano, perform Danse Macabre during the Student Chamber Music Concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Knoxville, TN.


March 29, 2009 - Unfurling - my Senior Composition Recital, featuring over 2 hours of music, poetry, dance, and multimedia was a great success. You can view photos from the event here. The following compositions were performed:

  • Pearlescent, James Rice, piano
  • Submerged, David Pegel, piano
  • Far From Home, Young Kim, piano
  • Danse Macabre, Paula Farias Bujes, violin, Pedro Huff, cello, Eva Elisabeth Holder, piano
  • Flute Concerto - The Espionage, Shelley Binder, flute, Judith Bible, piano
  • Snow Angels, Heather Nagy, flute, Callie Herman, oboe, Jeffrey St. John Sherwood, clarinet, David Christopher Overall, French horn, Eric Beuerlein, bassoon
  • Invasion of Clowns, Tennessee faculty Brasswind Quintet: Cathy Leach, trumpet, Lindsey Jessick, trumpet, Calvin Smith, French horn, Daniel Cloutier, trombone, Sande MacMorran, tuba
  • Triptych, Matt Wilkinson, cello, Melony Maness, piano
  • Two Moods, Jeffrey St. John Sherwood, clarinet, Melony Maness, piano
  • Color Me Blue, Nathan Keedy, soprano saxophone, Laurel Black, vibraphone, Jeremy Smith, vibraphone, Daniel Shifflett, double bass
  • Glass, Momentum Dance Lab, Mike Bensey, choreography, Renn Cummings, videography


    March 20, 2009 - I have finished writing Three Laments of Heloise for chamber orchestra.


    February 21 & 22, 2009 - Glass, an electronic composition for Momentum Dance Lab is performed at the Knoxville Museum of Art as a part of Art Moves.


    November 17, 2008 - I have finished writing Hail the Emperor for orchestra.


    October 6, 2008 - Invasion of Clowns is performed by UT faculty Brasswind Quintet at the Georgia College and State University during the Music School Guest Artist Series in Milledgeville, GA


    August 14, 2008 - I have finished writing a Flute Concerto - "The Espionage". Read about it and listen here.


    May 28, 2008 - New compositions for piano solo and string orchestra are available: The Jubilance, The Lament, and their orchestrated versions: The Jubilance and The Lament for string orchestra.


    April 16, 2008 - Invasion of Clowns is performed by UT faculty Brasswind Quintet at the 2008 TMEA State Music Conference.


    April 15, 2008 - I am happy to announce that the University of Tennessee School of Music named me the Presser Scholar for 2008/2009 - Thank you! I am honored and grateful.


    March 14, 2008 - New compositions for piano solo are available: Prelude 'a la Ravel and Fugue 'a la Debussy.


    December 5, 2007 - I have finished writing Impression for piano solo.


    November 17, 2007 - I have finished writing Color Me Blue for soprano saxophone, 2 vibraphones, and double bass. Enjoy the preview here.


    November 12, 2007 - Inspector Bergen Returns is performed at the Percussion and Saxophone Studio Night at the University of Tennessee School of Music.


    October 1, 2007 - I have finished writing the Triptych for cello and piano and the score and MP3 excerpts are posted on the music page.


    August 29, 2007 - Danse Macabre wins on regional level of the Society of Composers Inc./ASCAP Student Composition Competition.


    August 5, 2007 - I have finished writing Inspector Bergen Returns for Percussion Ensemble and the score and MP3 excerpts are posted on the music page.


    May 2, 2007 - Submerged and Midnight Butterflies for solo piano are added to the music page.


    April 30, 2007 - Snow Angels woodwind quintet is performed at the New Music Concert at the East Tennessee State University.


    April 16, 2007 - Invasion of Clowns is performed by the Loose Lips Brass Quintet at the University of Tennessee School of Music.


    April 3, 2007 - Snow Angels Woodwind Quintet is performed at the Music from the Living concert at the University of Tennessee School of Music.


    March 20, 2007 - Song of the Seraphim for SATB chorus a'capella is premiered by Pat Flannagan's Chamber Choir at the King College in Bristol, TN.


    March 17, 2007 - Danse Macabre Piano Trio wins the Southeastern Composers' League's "Arnold Salop Memorial Composition Contest" for undergraduate students


    March 2007 - Snow Angels woodwind quintet is selected for performance at the Southeastern Composers League's Forum at the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro


    March 2007 - Invasion of Clowns brass quintet is selected for performance at the College Music Society's Southern Chapter conference at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL


    January 13, 2007 - Danse Macabre for piano trio is added to the Music page.


    November 24, 2006 - Tango for a Rainy Day for piano solo is added to the Music page.


    November 9, 2006 - Snow Angels Woodwind Quintet and Primavera for String Orchestra are finished.


    August 27, 2006 - Zurich String Quartet is premiered by Mary Ann Fennell's student quartet at Concord United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN.


    April 5, 2006 - Invasion of Clowns Brass Quintet is premiered at the University of Tennessee School of Music in Knoxville, TN.
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