Donald Sloan is an award-winning composer of vocal, orchestra and chamber music, including the Brian Israel Young Composers Award for his Five Flights of Fancy, the Ohio Composer of the Year for 1998 by the Ohio Music Teachers Association for Or Zarua, and the Fortnightly Music Club's New Music Commission of 2005 for Four Jewish Moods. He comes to Coastal Carolina after 16 years on the faculty at Ashland University, where he was Professor of Music, Chair of the Music Department and director of the theory and composition programs. Sloan has three recent CDs including his music; Dolphic Variations is included in Tom Reed's Mutually Inclusive (Capstone Records), Tributaries and Or Zarua included in the Cleveland Chamber Collective's Debuts and Flights of Fancy on a CD of the same name, performed by the Crescent Duo. In addition to his work as a composer, Sloan has also been active in the field of computer music standards. He taught previously for eight years on the faculty of Binghamton University. He is a member of BMI.
Sloan grew up on Long Island, where he began guitar and music theory lessons At the age of fifteen. After composition studies at Cornell University with Karel Husa, Mr. Sloan went to France at the invitation of Nadia Boulanger to continue his studies at Fontainebleau and in Paris, also working with Henri Dutilleux and Robert Levin. Upon returning to America, he completed his formal education at the University of Michigan with William Albright, and at the Eastman School of Music with Warren Benson and Samuel Adler. In more trivial matters, he was a three-time champion on the game show Jeopardy! in 1996.