Margaret Donaghue

Margaret Donaghue

Margaret Donaghue is an associate professor of clarinet and director of the woodwind program at the Frost School of Music. She has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in more than a dozen countries across three continents and at major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, American Cathedral in Paris, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and the American Academy in Rome.

Chamber music recital venues at which she has performed include those in Paris, London, Rome, Boston, New York City, Honolulu, and Grand Cayman, as well as others across the United States, Europe, and Japan. Dr. Donaghue has appeared as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Symphony and the Shen Zhen Symphony in Shen Zhen, China, as well as with the Russe State Philharmonic in Russe, Bulgaria.

Dr. Donaghue has performed at international conferences in Oslo, Norway; Manchester, England; Assisi, Italy; Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and New Orleans, among others. During a chamber music tour of Europe she performed the sextet L’Heure du Berger with composer Jean Françaix at the piano.

Dr. Donaghue performs as clarinetist with PULSE Trio, an exciting and versatile chamber group, along with Scott Flavin, violin and Naoko Takao, piano. She also plays recorders for the early music ensemble Impulso Barroco, the Baroque counterpart of PULSE, committed to unique and engaging period performances. She is a founding member of MiamiClarinet and Miami Chamber Ensemble and has performed across the United States and abroad with both ensembles. 

Dr. Donaghue is the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival, which she co-founded in 2014 with her husband, violinist/conductor Scott Flavin. She is also the coordinator for the International Clarinet Association High School competition for Orlando, 2017 and Ostend, Belgium, 2018. She has adjudicated for the ICA’s Young Artist, High School, and Research competitions numerous times, served a three-year term as a member of the Fulbright National Screening Committee, and is State Chair of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.

Dr. Donaghue received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire. Previously, Dr. Donaghue served on the faculties of Central Michigan University and the University of Connecticut. She is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist. She can be heard frequently on public radio and has recorded for the Centaur, Albany, Altarus, and Living Composers labels.