Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Earthrise for Symphony Orchestra

I am alarmed by humanity’s fascination with destruction. We consume hundreds of films and video games devoted to natural disasters and cataclysms. We entertain ourselves with graphic depictions of gore, … Continue reading

May 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Brass Section

The new orchestral piece is basically finished but some final polishes are still needed. Today I worked on the brass section, and in particular, its articulations and phrasing. I realized … Continue reading

April 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

New Orchestral Music

I am nearly finished writing my latest orchestral piece. It has taken me to colorful harmonic places I have not encountered before. Principal English horn players will find a blissful … Continue reading

March 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Watercolors – New Music for Symphony Orchestra

I have been programmed with Tchaikovsky before, most likely because of my Slavic ancestry. But when I discovered that Aram Demirjian, the artistic director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, programed … Continue reading

April 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Unveiling – Free Perusal Score

Conductors, instrumentalists, composers, and non-musical friends, I am making “Unveiling” for string orchestra available as a free perusal score download. See what a musical blueprint looks like. https://dosiamckay.com/music-scores/unveiling/

February 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Instant Gratification

I crave instant gratification as much as the next person. I want minimal effort with maximum rewards. Immediate rewards. I want dopamine, the hormone of accomplishment, opening the floodgates of … Continue reading

June 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

“Watercolors” for Orchestra to be Premiered by the Knoxville Symphony

I am delighted to share that my “Watercolors” for Orchestra will be premiered by the Knoxville Symphony on the Masterworks Series concert in October. Although I was not born in … Continue reading

February 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Watercolors for Symphony Orchestra

When I take a break from music, I turn to painting. My favorite media are watercolors, acrylics, and ink. When the paint is introduced to a wet canvas, it takes … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Unveiling – Music Painting

“Unveiling” composed for string orchestra is an exploration of layers of sound. Beginning with one solitary note, new aural strata gradually unfold in which multiple layers of counterpoint constantly shift, … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment
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