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Jeff McDonnell | Musical Director

Jeff McDonnell is a charming, warm and witty Philadelphia-based musician: singer, pianist, arranger, and musical director. Jeff will be lending his considerable experience, gifts and talents to Open Hearts On Tour as its musical director.

Currently, in high demand performing in solo and duet shows as a singer/pianist, Jeff creates arrangements and provides accompaniment for cabaret artists throughout the Philadelphia region. He teaches piano and voice in his home studio, as well as teaching piano at DeSales University (Center Valley, PA). In the past 11 years, he has been co-teaching (with founder, Jeff Lesser) and accompanying the Philadelphia Cabaret Performance Class, a ten-week class offering students a supportive environment in which to develop their musical performing skills.

A versatile and skilled accompanist, Jeff has played for Master Classes at DeSales University with composer John Bucchino (“Grateful,” “Sweet Dreams”), and with Broadway performers Liz Calloway (Baby, Evita, Cats, Miss Saigon) and Emily Skinner (Side Show, Jekyll and Hyde, Billy Elliot).

Musical Director credits include: Oliver! The Sound of Music, Brigadoon, Once Upon A Mattress, Sugar, Anything Goes, Annie, Guys and Dolls, Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaretand others.

Cabaret and Concert performances include: The Songs of Harry Warren (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia; with Sheila Weiler, Julia Riva, and John Sannuto); an appearance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall (with Janellen Farmer and Gene Cavanaugh), All Hart: The Lyrics of Lorenz Hart (with Sheila Weiler), and dozens of performances at venues throughout the tri-state region and New York.

Open Hearts On Tour welcomes Jeff McDonnell as its Musical Director!

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