Donald Young (b. 1948)
Donald J. Young
received his B.M.
from the University of Wisconsin at Madison
and his M.M.
from Arizona State University at Tempe
has studied composition with Donald Andrus, Mike Leckrone, Lawrence Hartzell, Ronald LoPresti, and August Wegner.
composition PATMOS for concert band won the 1975 CBDNA
(College Band Directors National Association) Southwest Division composition contest.
The performance was recorded and marketed by Crest Records.
In the spring of 1991, Mr. Young was awarded a commission from the Racine Arts Council to compose a work for the Racine Municipal Band.
The premier performance of MARTHA'S MUSICAL ADVENTURE for concert band and narrator took place on February 22, 1992 with the composer conducting.
This work was published and in 1995 by Cimarron Music.
CROWN OF LAUREL at the 1993 Association of Concert Bands convention
(April 16th) held in Naperville, Illinois.
composition APPASSIONATA for solo violin and piano was premiered by members of the Racine Symphony Orchestra on November 21, 1993.
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
faculty members premiered his
Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano in February of 1994.
In 2002, Mr. Young
was announced the winner of the Wisconsin Music Teaches Association
The resulting work, Four Faces of Valor for two violins, viola, and piano, was premiered October 18, 2003 at the WMTA state convention on the UWM campus.
has experience teaching instrumental music at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college level.
He is currently the Director of Bands and Chairman of the music department at William Horlick High School in Racine, and is active as a guest composer and conductor throughout Wisconsin.