Donald Coakley, a native of Preston (now Cambridge, Ontario), was for 22 years responsible for the administration of instrumental music at the Scarborough Board of Education. He holds degrees from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and Temple University, and has done additional studies in electronic music at the State University and in choral writing and arranging at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.
Prior to coming to Scarborough, Coakley was director of bands at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, conductor at the Camden Choral Arts Society in Camden, New Jersey, and assistant professor of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia. A composition student of Vincent Persichetti while in Philadelphia, Coakley is well known for his work as a composer. He has written extensively for band, orchestra, choir and chamber ensemble. Vive la Canadienne has been recorded by the University of Toronto Wind Symphony on compact disc (Arbordisc: UTWS 9501).
Coakley is a member of the Canadian League of Composers and an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre.
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