b. April 4, 1923, New York, NY; d. April 20, 2003
Donald MacInnis studied composition and theory with Milton Babbitt, Edward Cone, Joseph Kerman, Bohuslav Martinu, Roger Sessions and Randall Thompson. He obtained two degrees from Princeton University. He studied electronic music techniques from Vladimir Ussachevsky at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, and conducting at Tanglewood under Leonard Bernstein. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1950 and taught composition, electronic music, theory and harmony, and other subjects; he conducted both concert band and orchestra and founded the University Singers. He was appointed Composer-in-Residence of the Atlanta Symphony for the 1968-69 season by Robert Shaw, on support from the Rockefeller Foundation.