Donna Conaty has performed as principal oboe of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra since 1991. Other performance credits include the San Diego Symphony, seven seasons in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop; principal oboe of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra; Artist Fellow in the Bach Aria Festival, NY, NY; Spoleto Festival Orchestra; principal oboe of the Evansville Philharmonic; and principal oboe of the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. A versatile performer, her background ranges from orchestral and chamber ensemble to solo and recital appearances presented throughout the United States and abroad. Her artistic interests are especially oriented toward new works and chamber music.
Donna has performed or presented master classes for numerous professional music conferences, international double reed conferences, and university audiences. Many of her oboe students are active as leading performers, university faculty, teachers, and arts professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her leadership background includes serving as a School Director, Interim Dean, and Associate Dean at San Diego State University and Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University. Donna was a faculty member at Ohio University from 1989-2007 where she had earned the faculty rank of professor and received recognition for outstanding teaching.
A Yale graduate, her previous faculty affiliations include the State University of New York at Purchase and University of Evansville. She is an active arts advocate and has served as a board member of the Art of Élan (San Diego), Mainly Mozart Festival, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and as a panelist for various arts agencies including the Ohio Arts Council and San Diego Commission on Arts and Culture. Donna and her husband Brig live in San Diego, California where they truly appreciate the temperate weather, gardening twelve months of the year, and no longer owning an ice scraper or snow shovel!