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 particularly geared toward new works and chamber music.
Donna has performed or presented master classes for numerous professional music conferences, international double reed conferences, university audiences, and at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Many of her oboe students are active as leading performers, university faculty, teachers, and arts professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Currently, she is Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University. Prior to this role, she served for six years as Director of the School of Music and Dance at SDSU. Previously, she was Associate Dean for graduate studies, research, and curriculum in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University where she had also achieved the faculty rank of professor of oboe.
A Yale graduate, her previous faculty affiliations have included 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.