Aaron McDonald has been Principal Timpanist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2007. Prior to joining the VSO he was timpanist with the West Virginia Symphony and performed and toured with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Since moving to Vancouver he has performed with the Turning Point Ensemble, Standing Wave, the National Broadcast Orchestra, the Music on Main concert series, and recorded several film scores with the Vancouver Film Orchestra. He currently teaches at the UBC School of Music and the VSO School of Music and has worked with students at the Manhattan School of Music, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
Aaron received his Masters in Orchestra Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where studied with Chris Lamb of the New York Philharmonic and Duncan Patton of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He then moved to Cleveland to Study with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra. Music festivals he has participated in include the Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood, and the Israel International Symphony Orchestra.