The Georgeann Corey Chair


Donna Conaty has performed as principal oboe of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra since 1991. Other performance credits include 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 in Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy; principal oboe of the Evansville Philharmonic; principal oboe of the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra, Breckenridge, CO as well as performing or presenting master classes for numerous professional music conferences, international double reed conferences, and university audiences. 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 taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp and has also presented master classes and performed at the Interlochen Arts Academy. 

Many of her oboe students have gone on to pursue advanced study at prestigious conservatory and university music programs, participated in top selective summer festivals, and are active as performers, university faculty, teachers, and arts professionals throughout the country and abroad. 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. Before joining the San Diego State faculty in 2007, 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 after joining the music faculty in 1989.

Conaty holds performance degrees from Yale University (M.M.) and the University of Northern Colorado (summa cum laude). Other faculty affiliations have included the State University of New York at Purchase and University of Evansville. She is an active arts advocate and serves on the board of San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival and is an ongoing panelist with the Ohio Arts Council reviewing organizations with budgets over $2M.