Donna is a graduate of Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Humanities (Music Emphasis). Her collegiate teachers were Diane Gilley, Jack Wellbaum, William (Bill) Foster, Christopher Chaffee, and Inger Neighbours. Donna has performed at masterclasses and/or taken lessons with flutists Penelope Fischer, Kristen Stoner, Alexa Still, Nina Assimakopoulos, Irna Priore , Jennifer Parker-Harley, John Thorne, Alberto Almarza, Tess Miller, and Karl Barton. Her ensemble performance experience includes: Wright State University's Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Opera Orchestra; Orchestra member for various productions presented by Dayton Playhouse South, Dare to Defy Productions, Dayton Playhouse, and Children's Performing Arts of Miamisburg; Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra; Springboro Wind Symphony; Piqua Civic Band; Sidney Civic Band (substitute); Sinclair Concert Band, Sinclair Wind Ensemble (substitute); Kettering SDA Praise Orchestra; University of Cincinnati CCM Chamber Music Adult Weekend performer; and member of the combined collegiate flute choir that performed with Sir James Galway. Donna is a member of the National Flute Association, the Flute New Music Consortium, the National Organization for Arts in Health, the HeartMath Institute, and the International Association for Music and Medicine.
Donna's Master's project was a paper titled "Living Female American Composers of Selected Flute Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries" along with a flute recital of music written by these composers. The potential benefits of this project included fostering a greater interest and awareness of music written by this underrepresented population.
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