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Stephen McDonough

In second grade Sr. Jean Peters taught Stephen McDonough to play two instruments, lead the class of 50 seven year olds in the spring concert and sing while accompanying himself on guitar. His life’s path was made crystal clear.


Canterbury Choir soloist
All Saints Church, Pasadena, California, since 2000


Take Me Along

  • The Fantasticks
  • Teach Me How to Cry
    Regional Theater
  • La Jolla Playhouse: Merrily We Roll Along, directed by James Lapine and reworked by Stephen Sondheim
  • Kennedy Center: Take Me Along
  • The Goodspeed Opera House: Take Me Along
  • Matlock
  • Tour of Duty
    Television Commercials
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Toyota
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Mastercard
  • Bell Atlantic
    Recording Sessions
  • Jingles for Taylor Golf and US Marines
  • Los Angeles pop/​rock: House of Blues


  • Walter Reed Middle School, Music Department chair, since 2002
  • Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz music director, since 2006
  • Heritage Festival Gold recipient, since 2008
  • Music director, California State University, Northridge Youth Orchestra Symphony, 2009–2012


  • Los Angeles Music Center Bravo Award recipient, 2011
  • Sierra Songwriters Award, 1998


  • Masters in Music in instrumental conducting from Cal State Northridge, studied under John Roscigno
  • Bachelor of Music in music education, State University of New York Potsdam, studied under Patricia Misslin