Margaret A. Donaghue

Title/Position: Associate Professor & Program Director, Woodwinds


What would you say are the outstanding highlights of your professional life?

  1. Being offered a faculty position at the University of Miami
  2. Recording Finzi, Strauss and Brahms with the Russe Symphony Orchestra in Russe, Bulgaria
  3. Performing the Finzi Concerto with the Shen Zhen Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony and giving a masterclass at the Shanghai Conservatory
  4. Sitting on the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright Awards
  5. Hearing my first student at my first job (University of Connecticut) give a recital

What is your teaching philosophy? What do you expect of our students?

My philosophy is to teach players to teach themselves. By graduation I expect the students to be able to listen, assess, explore possibilities and grow. I provide the tools for a technical foundation upon which they will develop their musicianship. The student must listen to himself or herself, assess areas that need improvement, and identify ways to effect improvement. Through this process musicianship develops, matures, and blossoms.

What do you hope to pass on to your students?

I hope they carry with them a love for the phrase. Through this I hope they are forever in awe of the beauty and depth music brings to our lives. I also deeply hope that every student leaves recognizing their personal potential and the ways in which they can positively affect others through music.

Career Highlights:

“Margaret Donaghue’s clarinet strikes just the right balance at the outset…Donaghue is again a delight to hear, neither too bold nor too reticent…Her sound is pure and steady. When necessary it is as melancholy as a fading rose.”

—American Record Guide

Margaret Donaghue performs regularly as a member of Miami Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to promoting music for soprano, clarinet and piano. She has performed recitals and given masterclasses at numerous universities across the country.

Ms Donaghue has performed many chamber concerts in Europe including performing twice as soloist with the Russe State Symphony Orchestra in Russe, Bulgaria.

With conductor Thomas Sleeper, Ms Donaghue recorded a CD of concertos with the Russe State Symphony, which is released by Centaur Records. Ms Donaghue has also performed as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony and the Shen Zhen Symphony Orchestra in China.

Ms Donaghue holds Doctoral, Masters and Bachelors degrees from the Universities of Illinois, Michigan and New Hampshire. She can be heard on the Centaur and Altarus Record Labels.

Short Biography:

Margaret Donaghue Flavin (clarinet) is associate professor of instrumental performance and program director of Woodwinds at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She has performed in some of the worlds’ major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Zurich Tonhalle, La Scala, and for the Maggio Musicale in Florence. She has performed at international conferences in Oslo, Norway, Manchester, England, Chicago, and New Orleans, among others. Chamber music recitals include Honolulu, Grand Cayman, London and Paris, as well other venues across Europe and Japan. Dr. Donaghue has appeared as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony and the Shen Zhen Symphony, Shen Zhen, China, as well as the Russe State Philharmonic, Russe, Bulgaria. Dr. Donaghue gives master classes and recitals across the United States and performs with her trio, Miami Chamber Ensemble and newly formed ensemble, MiamiClarinet. She performed the sextet L’Heure du Berger, in London and Paris with composer Jean Françaix at the piano. Dr. Donaghue has recently served a three-year term as a member of the Fulbright National Screening Committee, and appears frequently as clinician and adjudicator. She can be heard often on public radio across the country. She received the Doctor or Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to coming to Miami Dr. Donaghue served on the faculties of Central Michigan University and the University of Connecticut. She can be heard on Centaur, Albany, and Altarus labels.

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"Soloist Margaret Donaghue’s main strength lies in her ability to completely disappear into the role, letting the music emerge with all of its natural grace and refinement." —

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