Ray McDonald

Ray McDonaldRay McDonald has been a church organist since the age of 15, serving Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian congregations. Since 2006, He has served as Director of Music and Organist at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine after holding the position of Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville for twelve years.

Ray’s experience also includes accompanying choral groups and soloists, and music director in musical theater. At the University of Georgia, he was accompanist for the University Chorus and the Men’s Glee Club where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Church Music, cum laude. He is now honored to be the accompanist for the St. Augustine Community Chorus.

After his first undergraduate degree, Ray worked as an apprentice at Flentrop Organ Company in the Netherlands. He later received a B. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and had a successful career as a manufacturing engineer with Johnson and Johnson. Combining these skills, he managed the restoration of the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Memorial Presbyterian Church, completed in 2012.

Ray currently serves as Treasurer of the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has held the positions of Dean, Sub-Dean and Secretary.