John McKay, DMA

John McKay

Title: Concert Pianist, Professor Emeritus in Music, Collaborative Pianist
Company: Gustavus Adolphus College
Location: Saint Peter, Minnesota, United States

John McKay, DMA, Concert Pianist, Professor Emeritus in Music and Collaborative Pianist at Gustavus Adolphus College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.

Professor McKay’s father had him start piano lessons shortly before his 8th birthday. Dr. McKay grew up in a musical environment, not only in his family, but especially among his friends. Professor McKay  pursued music throughout his higher education, receiving a MusB from McGill University in 1961, and a MusM and DMA from the Eastman School of Music in 1975 and 1978 respectively.

Early on, Professor McKay was involved in a contest sponsored by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation which allowed him to play a movement of a Concerto with  the C.B.C. Orchestra in Montreal conducted by Sir Ernest MacMillan. He played the first movement of Brahms’ Concerto No. 2, which in itself is 20 minutes long. He has also performed the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms and Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas, which he considers the crowning achievements of his career. Professor McKay has also enjoyed his career as a teacher, whether in the classroom, or teaching piano in the studio. He often taught by telling funny stories which always made a point. Professor McKay started out as a piano teacher at the University of Toronto in 1969. In 1972, he moved on to become an Assistant Professor of Music at Dalhousie University until 1974. From there,  he took the position of Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College until he retired in 2004 and became Professor  Emeritus. In 1990, he founded the Minnesota Valley Sommarfest, a festival of chamber music, that ran for 17 years, until 2006.

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