Donald McCullough


An American composer who demonstrates a highly imaginative flexibility, writing works that have been critically acclaimed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe in myriad musical styles.

With over 600 performances worldwide, McCullough’s Holocaust Cantata: Songs from the Camps gives a human voice to victims of the Holocaust through a cycle of songs and spoken prose written by prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. After its world premiere under McCullough’s baton at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Holocaust Cantata was featured in The New York Times and on CNN. At the invitation of German and Polish consular officials McCullough conducted the Master Chorale of Washington in the European premiere of Holocaust Cantata in Krakow, Dresden, and Berlin as well as at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial.

Among McCullough’s larger works is The Essential Life, a 37-minute setting of six (6) American poems scored for mixed chorus, baritone soloist and orchestra that celebrates the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding and the founder of America’s first modern-planned community, Reston, VA. The work was commissioned and premiered by the Reston Chorale.