Donald Draganski was born in Chicago in 1936 and has resided in the metropolitan Chicago area throughout his life. He received a BM degree from DePaul University where he studied composition with the late Alexander Tcherepnin. He received a degree in Library Science in 1966 and worked as a professional librarian until his retirement in 1998. During the last twenty-five years he held the post of Music Librarian at Roosevelt University. Mr. Draganski is also a professional bassoonist and was formerly principal bassoonist in the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. As a composer, in addition to fulfilling numerous private commissions, his works have been commissioned and performed by the ISCM, the Armed Forces Network in Europe, the Aspen Festival, the Foundation for Baroque Music, the North Shore Choral Society, and the Chamber Players. His works have been recorded on the Orion, Crystal, and Gasparo labels. He makes his home in Evanston, Illinois with his wife, Antje.