Mackey, Donald

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Mackey, Donald

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1921-1993

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1921 Born in Brockville, ON.
Approximately 1935 Moved to Montreal to complete elementary and secondary school. Studied music with Alfred Whitehead.
Approximately 1939-1945 Served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.
1947 May Invited to become organist and choir master of the Church of the Messiah, Montreal.
1947-1965 Organist and Director of Music of the Church of the Messiah, Montreal.
1953-1960 Music teacher at Westmount High School.
1954 Received Bachelor of Music from Trinity College, University of Toronto. Studied with Healy Willan.
1956 1 May Formed the choir known as the Renaissance Singers of Montreal.
1956 Renaissance Singers audition recording for the CBC Hall of l’Hermitage’s broadcast on CBC Trans Canada and CBF radios.
1956-1976 Donald Mackey and the Renaissance Singers presented 129 radio broadcasts, made two TV appearances, gave nine public concerts and collaborated with the National Film Board on a video recording.
1960-1990 Employed at McGill University as University Organist, Assistant Professor, Secretary of the Faculty of Music, Director of the Faculty of Music Choir and Supervisory Officer in the Conservatorium of Music.
1966-1971 Founded the McGill Organ and Harpsichord Summer Schools.
1973-1975 Directed McGill Summer Music Camp.
1978 On sabbatical leave from McGill University to conduct research that led to the installation of a French classical organ in Redpath Hall.
1981 Chair of committee responsible for organizing the Symposium L’orgue à notre époque in honour of the installation of the French Classical Organ* for Redpath Hall, McGill University, Montreal.
1981 Appointed Director of Music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist.
1982 McGill University Press published L'Orgue à Notre Époque: Papers and Proceedings of the Symposium Held at McGill University, May 26-28, 1981. Edited by Donald Mackey.
1984 Facilitated the installation of the Memorial Organ*, Church of St. John the Evangelist.
1984-1986 Served as National President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.
1987 June Named University Organist Emeritus, McGill University, Montreal.
1987-1992 Founder and president of the Montreal Chapter of the Prayer Book Society of Canada.
1993 Feb 9 Died in Montreal, QC.

  • organ built by Hellmuth Wolff et Associés Ltée.

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