Fairbanks, Donna
Chair - Department of Music
GT 332c
Last Updated: 7/29/15 -
Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance, University of Arizona
Master of Music in Violin Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Pedagogy, Brigham Young University
Additional studies: University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Charleston
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 President-Elect, President, Past-President, 2010–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. Notable venues include the Teatro Ouro Verde in Brazil, 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, Shanzi, and Huazhong Universities 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. 
2014 Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship, Utah Valley University
2014 Board of Trstees Award of Excellence, Utah Valley University
2010 Deans Faculty Award of Excellence, School of the Arts, Utah Valley University
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
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