Associated Graduate Students Research and Travel Grant (2015)
Fund to present original research “Interactive Computer Musicianship and Artificial Improvisers” at Eureka Music conference (UCSC)

Game Audio Network Guild: Distinguished Service Award (2015)

Claire Trevor School of the Arts Research Grant (2015)

Creative Young Stars Program (2013)
Financial support to study overseas

HISSandaROAR Field Recording Competition  Winner (August 2013)
Award for creative, foley recording of common objects, run by Tim Prebble

Australia Council – Art Start Grant (2012)
$10,000 to further develop career opportunities 

International Association of Jazz Education
Pat Corrigan Recording Scholarship (2007)

Master of Fine Arts (Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology)
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine (2013 – 2015)
Full tuition remission and stipend
Teaching Assistant – Music Theory, Jazz History, Jazz Theory

Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2008-2011)
University of Sydney, Australia

Performance highlights available here


Video Games

Title Role Date Links/More Details
Coup D’Etat Composer TBD 
Gunman Taco Truck Music Prep/Saxophone 2015
Developed by Romero Games LLC
Music Composed by Dren McDonald
Gathering Sky Music Prep 2015

Official Site
Developed by A Stranger Gravity
Music Composed by Dren McDonald
Trailer Here

Space {Prototype} Composer 2014
Kube Composer 2014
Heart Race Sound Design 2014
Heart-friendly educational game sponsored by the American Heart Association.
IEEE GameSIG Special Appreciation award (May, 2014)



Title Role Date Links/Notes
Tennis NSW Promo, feat Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt Composer Jan, 2015 Full clip on youtube here
In the Name Of Composer 2014 Directed by Vonne Patiag
Yang Composer/Sound Designer Oct, 2013 Yang on IMDB
Soundtrack here
Zombie Birds Composer Aug, 2013 Watch the film here
Soundtrack here
The Botanist Sound Design May, 2013 The Botanist on IMDB
inner of Metroscreen Jumpstart Grant
How To Destroy the Internet Sound Design June, 2012 Directed by Ben Claremont
Who Killed Our Nico Composer Jan, 2012 Who Killed Our Nico on IMDB
Deep Sleep Composer Dec, 2011 Directed by Paul Murphy
Heavy Suitcase Composer, Sound Recordist Dec, 2011 Heavy Suitcase on IMDB
Sleeping in Blood City Sound Recordist Dec, 2011 Sleeping in Blood City on IMDB
The Dead Man’s Face Was My Own Composer  Jan, 2011 Soundtrack here
On IMDB Here
inner of USU Short Film Competition Best Film
 Sebab’s Ads Composer  July, 2010 Soundtrack Here
 Lust; has four characters Composer Dec, 2009