Ben MacDonald

Ben MacDonald - Saxophone, Clarinet, Recorder, Flute & Voice

Ben is an alumni of the Humber College Jazz and Contemporary Music program specializing in saxophone and clarinet, and he sings professionally in choir groups around the city of Toronto.  He also composes, arranges, and has been a band leader for several projects.  He has been a music educator for many years teaching woodwinds and voice and leading choir both privately and for other music schools in Toronto.  He has studied sax under many leading performers and educators such as Alex Dean, Pat LaBarbara, Kirk MacDonald, Don Palmer, and Mark Promane. He has also studied classical performance and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

As a performer, Ben has played and sung at many venues including Koerner Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, the Ritz Carlton hotel in Montreal,  The Four Seasons Atrium, and the Wesjet outdoor main stage at Harbourfront, to name a few.  He has played many different styles of music from Sudanese and West African, Indian, Jazz, Classical, contemporary and popular music, Klezmer and Jewish traditional music, 20th Century music, Avant Garde, and hip hop, electronic, reflecting the diversity that Toronto has to offer.

He has also worked in studio on several recording projects including singing with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, playing saxophone and flute with his contemporary jazz/funk band Yuka, and many other freelance projects.He is currently working on a new music education project called JamSpace, dedicated to offering young people an opportunity to be creative, perform, and compose material using four key elements of music: rhythm, melody, harmony and form.  Ben’s true passion is musical collaboration; working with people who have a passion for music, and need help to find their voice.  It is through that passion that he has found teaching to be fun and rewarding for both himself, and his students.Ben is excited to be joining the CMC team!