Janice MacDonald, flute

Equally comfortable performing as a soloist, chamber musician or orchestral player, Chicago native Janice MacDonald has appeared on national and international stages.


She has toured Ethiopia and Mali as member of Trio Chicago, which included the first performance of an American classical music group in Timbuktu. 


Her European appearances include concerts in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, England, and Greece, performing with the Parnassus Ensemble of London, the Regent Quintet, as well as with the Chicago Sinfonietta.


Janice is principal flute of the Chicago Sinfonietta and solo piccolo of the Lake Forest Symphony.  She regularly appears with many of the finest groups in Chicago, including the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater and Ars Viva. 

She recently performed as soloist with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of Julian Harvey’s Flute Concerto.

Other performance credits include playing in the orchestras for the American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi and San Francisco Ballets, as well as with Music of the Baroque, NEIU's Jewel Box Series, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, the Pilgrim Chamber Players and as a founding member of the New Music ensemble Pinotage. 

A champion of new music, she has premiered and performed works by many composers, including John Adams, Lawrence Axelrod, Kathleen Ginther, Bernard Rands and Randall Woolf.


An active theater and studio musician, Janice has performed in many Broadway in Chicago productions and has recorded numerous radio and television commercials.  She can be heard on Cedille, Jade, Innova,  American Gramophone and Albany Records, as well as several PBS Soundstage productions.


She has also performed on WFMT's Live from WFMT, Impromptu, and Fiesta broadcasts.

Janice MacDonald is on the music faculty of Loyola University Chicago.

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