Ross McDonald – Theatre Organist

Ross McDonald is Director of Music, organist and choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church. He is a native of London, Ontario. While growing up, his interest in choirs, school band, dance band, jazz, piano and organ studies led to his enthusiasm for classical and theatre organ performance. He has served as vice-chairman of the Royal Canadian College of Organists- London Centre. Ross has played keyboards, or been musical director for many musical theatre productions in the area. He has performed for audiences on both classical / church organs and the “Mighty” Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ, including Theatre Organ Chapters in Palm Beach, Florida; Ann Arbour, Michigan; Rochester, New York; North Tonawanda, New York; Casa Loma, Toronto Ontario; and Kingston, Ontario. Ross is also known for his legendary theatre organ accompanying of silent films such as Phantom of the Opera, The Ten Commandments, Wings, and Laurel & Hardy. In July 2005, Ross played a Midnight Theatre Organ concert at Trinity Lutheran for the Royal Canadian College of Organist’s, National Convention in London.

Hobbies include gardening, and vintage sports cars. Ross lives with his best friend Lucy, a West Highland terrier.