Marshall McDonald is a pianist, arranger, and composer who has produced multiple albums, has scored films, and has two symphonies to his credit. He has produced numerous sheet music and piano solo books.
He graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 with bachelor’s degrees in music and communications and then went on for a master’s degree in public administration. While pursuing his music, he also teaches Seminary and Institute. He’s also an adjunct music professor for the Salt Lake Community College.
In 2006 The National Endowment for the Arts and The Orchestra of Southern Utah commissioned Marshall and his good friend Steven Sharp Nelson (now with The Piano Guys, to compose the Spanish Trail Suite in honor of the Old Spanish Trail becoming a nationally recognized trail by the U.S. Congress. The world-class China Philharmonic Orchestra recorded and distributed the four-movement symphony in 2008. He has also performed with Music and the Spoken Word on radio.
In 2014, McDonald wrote and arranged the music for the live nativity video that was released on The Piano Guys YouTube channel and made a Guinness World Record.
His albums include: Sunday Morning Light; Sunday Best; 24 All-Time Favorites; Our Savior’s Love; This Is the Christ;Bringing the World His Truth; American Journey; Heaven’s Touch; Christmas Dreams; More Holiness Give Me; His Light Divine; and I Am a Child of God. His music books include: Hymns for the Sabbath, volumes 1 and 2; Christmas Classics; As the Dew from Heaven Distilling; Be Still, My Soul; and Sacred Voice.
McDonald and his wife, Kristien, live in Riverton, Utah, with their three children.
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