Colin O'Donohoe's bio
-as seen performing on "Good Morning America"-
If you live in N. America, S. America, Europe, Asia, or Australia then his music has been on your TV.
Starting at a young age it was clear that Colin O'Donohoe would be a musician.
"I remember sitting beside my big brother watching MTV and both of us just being in awe of how cool those bands were" He cites drummers as always being his focal point during those afternoons hanging out with MTV videos filling the family room.
When the TV wasn't turned on, Colin credits hours of music being played through his father's stereo. "as a disabled Vietnam vet I think music was a therapy for him, he always had the volume high so we had no choice but to enjoy it along with him"
Fast forward to his formative years as a teenager and O'Donohoe admits less than noble reasons to become a musician "I wanted a girlfriend, my friends wanted girlfriends, so we bought instruments and formed a rock band."
Soon after that, he began to study through Eastman School of Music's Rich Thompson. He started practicing 4 hours a day at 14 and by 16 he was up to 6 hours a day.
Along with his tenacious practice schedule, he also began studying music theory when he realized he wanted to be a bandleader.
He auditioned and earned the NY All-State chair for the Jazz Ensemble directed by Fred Sturm in 1995-96.
Arizona State soon offered him a full scholarship where he earned his degree in Jazz Performance.
During his time at ASU Colin:
-Studied Jazz and performed all throughout the city as a working professional
-Studied music composition with Dr. James DeMars and Dr. Randall Shinn
-Studied dance and dance choreography with several great teachers.
-Became the first non-Chinese member of the Phoenix Chinese Art Ensemble conducted by Shangao Cai
Colin credits Lao Cai with helping him learn about the world of Chinese orchestral music and traditional Chinese music.
In 2004 Colin received a scholarship to study Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University. It was here that Colin finally became a bandleader.
Colin founded "New Moon Orchestra" and led this group from 2004-07.
The culmination of all O'Donohoe's studies was seen when he earned the title "World Maestro" by forming a large scale global orchestra. The group, Pangean Orchestra, included musicians from every continent as well as musicians that spanned the centuries.
Pangean Orchestra is still performing to this day in Arizona. However, New York City was calling, and Colin needed to answer it.
NEW YORK CITY
The World Maestro now resides in Manhattan. He composes music for TV and films. He performs with many people and groups including Dominic Chianese (Uncle Jr. from the Sopranos), Manhattan Samba, the Dempsey's Irish Seisiun, Pangean Orchestra, and as a solo artist as well.
Instruments World Maestro Colin O'Donohoe plays
Irish Tin Whistle
Native American Flutes
... and yes, he's been known to sing from time to time.
Accomplishments not noted in the bio -
Colin's music has been used on many shows on many continents.
The most famous show he has written for his "The Dr. Oz Show"
Colin was a grant panelist in Cleveland Ohio for the CAC Arts panels in 2013 and 2014.
Colin O'Donohoe was an "Arts Ambassador" during a Building Bridges program for the town of Gilbert AZ from 2010-2013.
His work for the international community caught the attention of London Mayor Boris Johnson who invited him to a small invitation only even where the two discussed the arts in their cities.