Macy taught heory and composition at Macalester beginning in 1978. He established
the MacJazz big band in 1979 and directed the ensemble until 2005. 

Professor Macy's composition catalog includes more than 120 works for orchestra,
band, chamber ensembles, vocalists, traditional Chinese instruments, and jazz ensembles.
His music can be heard on CDs produced on the INNOVA label (American Composers Forum), on
DAPHENO (a French company specializing in saxophone music), and other CDs produced by
various professional ensembles in the United States and Europe. Among his most popular
works are woodwind quintets and saxophone quartets. He has twice won the commission award
at the National Symposia for New Woodwind Quintet Music held at the University of
Georgia. His saxophone works have been performed throughout Europe, North America, and
Asia, and are featured on 4 different CDs. 

Macy's active interest in Non-Western music has led him to become a performer,
conductor and composer with the Minnesota Chinese Music Ensemble, which specializes in
the performance of traditional and contemporary music written for Chinese traditional
instruments. His compositions for Chinese instruments make use of traditional styles and
techniques, blending them with traditional western styles. When not conducting the
ensemble Macy plays the sheng, a 36-note mouth organ. In addition to his interest in
Chinese music Macy plays tenor drum in the Macalester Pipe Band and owns his own Javanese

EDUCATION: B.M., Redlands University M.A., California State University, Fullerton D.M.A.,
University of Washington 

MACY'S WEB SITE,, features works in many composition
categories, including: 

Woodwind quintets, Music for saxophones, Concerti for sax and violin, Chamber music for a
wide variety of ensembles, Piano Music, Choral and vocal solo pieces 

Scores and instrumental parts are downloadable from the site free of charge. 

Musical Compositions/Recordings