Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Grit and Glitz – A New String Trio Premiered in Brooklyn

I was recently invited by the W4 New Music Collective to participate in their program of new music at Exapno in Brooklyn, NY. I composed a new string trio for … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Bubble Tree – Winner of the Skirball Film Scoring Competition

My score to The Bubble Tree, an animation by Ran Jing recently won the Skirball Film Scoring Competition and was premiered by the NYU Symphony Orchestra in a live concert … Continue reading

March 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Vasily Kandinsky – It’s Only Art. Or Is It?

“Every work comes into being in the same way as the cosmos – by means of catastrophes… The creation of the work of art is the creation of the world.” … Continue reading

January 5, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Power of Color

“Color is the power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with the strings. The artist is the … Continue reading

August 8, 2009 · 4 Comments

Jubilance and Lament – New Compositions

I am enclosing links to my latest compositions: The Jubilance and the Lament. Both works were composed to satisfy the final requirement of a counterpoint course in my undergraduate studies … Continue reading

May 29, 2008 · 1 Comment

Orchestration / Scoring Demos

A good composer has to be able to wear many hats; that of an orchestrator, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, and, of course a creator / inventor. I finally had some time … Continue reading

March 22, 2008 · Leave a comment

Epiphanies – Artwork and Music Combined

I thought I would experiment with combining my abstract painting with music. The video features 10 of my paintings and the soundtrack is one of my electronic compositions entitled Thousands … Continue reading

March 20, 2008 · 4 Comments


All my days have been written In your book Before any came to be And then you gave me The chisel and a hammer To carve them out From the … Continue reading

March 15, 2008 · Leave a comment

Prelude and Fugue – New compositions for piano solo

Lest you think I only write poetry these days, I am encolsing links to my latest music compositions. Inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier in style and form, … Continue reading

March 13, 2008 · Leave a comment

The Calling

You used to know everything In even rows and columns Effort times distance equals destination Page eighty nine The second paragraph on the right In black and white Exhibit A … Continue reading

February 16, 2008 · Leave a comment

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier

I will not be still In the presence of eternity Breathing into a fleeting moment Blessed be the pleasures of the mind The symmetry of the Universe And the anticipation … Continue reading

January 25, 2008 · 2 Comments

Kronos Quartet, Early Music: Lachryme antique – Review

The Kronos Quartet, one of the premiere American chamber ensembles, has pushed the boundaries of genre, style, and interpretation for over 30 years. From its conception, ever since violinist David … Continue reading

November 7, 2007 · Leave a comment

Birthing Art

It seems to me that artists don’t really create anything new. I feel that everything has already been created, but it has not been brought into light, it has not … Continue reading

March 12, 2007 · 4 Comments


I think I write music because I am curious. To create a new piece of music out of silence and darkness, to observe how it takes shape and becomes a … Continue reading

December 19, 2006 · Leave a comment

Creative Process

My well educated, well traveled, and well read friend asked me once about the creative process of music composition: “So you just sit at the piano and kind of make … Continue reading

October 27, 2006 · Leave a comment


I sit in the first row in my Musicology class so I don’t get distracted by other students and can better absorb the lecture. In close proximity to my left … Continue reading

September 15, 2006 · 1 Comment
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