High School Chorus Director, Middle School Latin Instructor, Chairman of the Performing Arts Committee
BA in Religion, Philosophy, Ancient Languages, and Music, 1978 – Magna Cum Laude (Received the Alpha Kappa Sigma Award for outstanding academic achievement of the 1978 graduating class) – Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, New York)
Berklee College of Music, 1970-1972: majored in Arranging, Composition & Instrumental Performance (Boston, Massachusetts) Studied percussion under Alan Dawson, drummer for Dave Brubeck and Fred Buddha, percussionist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra
As High School Chorus director, Jay arranges all the music for the TCCA’s performances. Since 2011, Mr. MacDougal has arranged and conducted over fifty songs with 4-part harmony and instrumental accompaniment for three Christmas programs, three spring programs, as well as other performances in the community. Mr. MacDougal also includes alumni, faculty, and other experienced singers and musicians to perform with the High School Chorus. Under his direction, the Chorus achieved a prestigious silver rating in the Show Choir category at the Performing Arts Music Festival at Six Flags, New England in Agawam, MA in June of 2012. Mr. MacDougall led the TCCA Chorus in the 2014 Music in the Parks competition winning first place in the AAA Division.
Mr. MacDougal also serves as the chair of the Performing Arts Committee with the main goal of expanding performing arts opportunities for all TCCA students. The Performing Arts Committee in the past few years has introduced an annual talent show that offers every student the opportunity to sing, dance, play an instrument, do magic tricks, act, read poetry, or perform any other talent they may have. Last spring, the Performing Arts committee provided the opportunity for 1st -12th grade students to perform in the theatrical musical, the Wizard of Oz. The committee is currently planning next year’s talent show and theater performances.
Beginning this fall, Mr. MacDougal will also be teaching Latin 1 and Latin 2. His background in ancient language studies provides excellent experience for teaching this important language. In the past, Mr. MacDougal has tutored Greek and at one time was accepted at Brandeis University for graduate work in Hebrew.