Dosia McKay (born in 1971 in Gdańsk, Poland) is an American composer of music for concert stage, film, and modern dance. A versatile sound colorist, McKay weaves elements of classical harmony, avant-garde, ambient soundscapes, lyricism of Slavic folk melodies, and her own visual art into the fabric of her compositions. Her portfolio includes works for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir, soloists, as well as electro-acoustic installations.
Dosia McKay's music has been featured on National Public Radio NPR and in concerts in New York, Festival Gdynia Classica Nova in Poland, Beijing Modern Music Festival in China, Spain, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Electro-Music Festival in Asheville, the Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville, North Carolina, and others.
Notable performers include guitar virtuoso Sergio Puccini, lutenist Will Tocaben, vibraphonist Paweł Nowicki, NeoQuartet, the Opal String Quartet, North/South Consonance Ensemble in New York, The Orpheus Orchestra in Poland, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra, S.E.M. Ensemble, Momentum Dance Lab in Knoxville, and others.
Dosia McKay holds M.M. in Scoring for Film and Multimedia from New York University where she studied composition with Marc-Antonio Consoli, Ira Newborn, and Rich Shemaria, and B.M. in Composition from University of Tennessee where she studied with Kenneth A. Jacobs and James R. Carlson. She is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and American Composers Forum. Her music is published by Gavia Music.
McKay's music has been released on the following albums: Sergio Puccini Plays Paul McCartney's a Leaf (2017), (Epsa Music label), Endless Immersion (2015), (Gavia Music label), Glossolalia (2014), (Gavia Music label), Lacrimosa (2012), (Gavia Music label).
McKay is also active as a painter and a poet.
- Dosia McKay website
- NewMusic USA Profile
- Zero Crossing with Charles Griffin, July 2015 (radio interview)
- I Care If You Listen, Angelina Panozzo, October 2014 (album review)
- Kultura Trójmiasto, Ewa Palińska, July 2014 (album review, in Polish)
- MeaKultura, Anna Komendzińska, November 2014 (album review, in Polish)
- Classical Voice of North Carolina, Ted McIrvine, November 2016 (concert review)
- NYU Steinhardt News: Dosia McKay Celebrates Success at Composer Competition in Poland
- Petrucci Music Library
- Saatchi Art
- Gent i paisatge de Catalunya, Music for silent film
- Musicians of Pan Harmonia
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