Fairbanks, Donna
Chair - Department of Music
GT 332c
Last Updated: 10/15/14 -


Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance, University of Arizona, 1988

Master of Music in Violin Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music, 1983

Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, Brigham Young University, 1981


Additional studies: University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Charleston, Eurocentres Paris 


Utah Valley University, Chair, Department of Music, 2010–present

Utah Valley University, Associate Professor, 2011–present, Assistant Professor, 2005–2011

American String Teachers Association, Utah Chapter President, 2012–present

Brigham Young University, Senior Lecturer, 1988–2001

Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Brazil, Guest Artist, 1991

Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, 1st Violinist, 1986–88

University of Minnesota, MacPhail Center for the Arts, Faculty, 1983–86

Eastman School of Music, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1982–83

Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Violinist, 1975–77


Donna Fairbanks studied with Zvi Zeitlin, Varujan Kojan, William Harroutonian, Tiberius Klausner, Percy Kalt, and John Ferrell. She received chamber coaching from members of the Cleveland Quartet and the legendary violist William Primrose. She also performed and participated in master classes with Joseph Silverstein, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Dorothy Delay. She has been a member of several chamber ensembles including the Aurora Duo with harpist Lysa Rytting, the Escalante Trio with pianist Jeffrey Shumway and cellist Nicole Jackson, and the Atma Quartet with violinist Blanka Bednarz, violist Elizabeth Wallace, and cellist Cheung Chau. She has given solo performances with several orchestras including the Orquestra Sinfônica de Londrina (Brazil), Utah Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Sun Valley Festival Orchestra, Utah Valley Symphony, as well as various university and youth orchestras. She has presented masterclasses and recitals in Europe, China, Mexico and Brazil, and throughout the United States. Recent chamber and recital venues include the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, the Schumann in Zwickau Festival in Germany, the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, the Ghent Festival in Belgium, the Hagibor Center in Prague, and the Nanjing Normal University in China.


Melodie: Music for Violin and Harp, a CD of violin and harp music with Lysa Rytting, harpist, published by MSR Classics in Connecticut. Pieces by Inghelbrecht, Padovano, Nielsen, Scarlatti, Villa-Lobos, Ibert, Mozart, Gluck, Hatton, Sagnier, Debussy, Sveinsson, Saint-Saens, Lauber, and Boren.

The Aurora Duo, a CD of violin and harp music with Lysa Rytting, harpist, published by 4Tay Inc. in New York. Pieces by Donizetti, Shaposhnikov, Hovhaness, LaSala, Boren, and Saint-Saens.

Partial View, a CD of music by composer Murray Boren, published by Tantara Records, Provo, Utah. Movements from the Liturgical Dance and Mary Miniatures.


Selections from these recordings have been featured on major public radio stations and networks, among them WGBH Boston, WNYC New York City, WFMT Chicago, WPRB Princeton, WQED Pittsburgh, WSHU Connecticut, WFSU Florida, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Public Radio Networks, and the Beethoven Satellite Network. 


Deans Faculty Award of Excellence for the UVU School of the Arts

Utah Arts Council Grants to the Aurora Duo for three touring seasons

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Regents Graduate Fellowship, University of Arizona

Graduate Fellowship, Eastman School of Music

Presser Scholar, Presser Foundation

Magna Cum Laude Graduation Distinction, Brigham Young University

String Chamber Award, Brigham Young University

Winner, "A Musical Homecoming" Recital Competition, KBYU Broadcast

Winner, Utah Symphony Competition for Young Artists

Winner, Congress of Strings Competition, Cincinnati Conservatory

Winner, Kansas City Philharmonic Competition for Young Artists



Further information and recording samples at http://donnafairbanksperformance.com