Donna Fairbanks

Faculty Member

Dr. Donna Fairbanks

Biography

As a recording artist, violinist Donna Fairbanks has released several published CDs with the labels Albany Records, MSR Classics, 4TAY Records, and Tantara Records. Her recording list includes notoriously difficult works such as Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, as well as classic masterpieces such as Camille Saint-Saëns’ Fantasie for violin and harp. Reviewers praise her “great precision” (Fanfare), “delicacy and fire” (Grammophone), and her performances as “very convincing and pristine” (ConcertoNet), with “plenty of melodic beauty” (Atlanta Audio Club). Her recordings have been featured on major public radio stations, among them WNYC New York City, WFMT Chicago, WPRB Princeton, and the Beethoven Satellite Network.

Her international recitals include performances in China, Brazil, Mexico, and Europe. Notable venues include the Gent Festival in Belgium, Schumann Festival in Germany, Rotterdam Conservatory, Hungarian National Gallery, Teatro Ouro Verde in Brazil, and the Nanjing, Shanxi, and Huazhong Universities in China. She has completed faculty residencies at Universidade Estadual de Londrina in Brazil and the YouHao Art Center in Beijing, China.

Dr. Fairbanks received the 2021 Utah-ASTA Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of her contributions to teaching. Her students have excelled in competitions, job placements, and graduate programs.

She received degrees from the University of Arizona (DMA), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and Brigham Young University (BM), with additional studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of Cincinnati. Major mentors include Zvi Zeitlin, Varujan Kojian, Tiberius Klausner, and William Haroutonian.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVIaXk9-UlV2YWHP_Dcer4Q


Education

Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Arizona, 1988

Major: Violin Performance

Master of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, 1983

Major: Violin Performance and Literature

Bachelor of Music, Brigham Young University, 1981

Major: Violin Performance

Teaching

MUSC 450R

Advanced Private Lessons for Music Majors, Spring 2023

MUSC 251R

Performance Class, Spring 2023

MUSC 451R

Performance Class, Spring 2023

MUSC 250R

Private Lessons for Music Majors, Spring 2023

MUSC 250R

Private Lessons for Music Majors, Spring 2023

MUSC 455R

Private Lessons for Music Performance Majors, Spring 2023

MUSC 245R

Private Lessons II, Spring 2023

MUSC 245R

Private Lessons II, Spring 2023

Presentations

Fairbanks, Donna , Utah ASTA Midwinter Workshop 2022, "Diving into Pieces – How Historical Significance Deepens Performance", American String Teachers Association - Utah Chapter, Eccles Center, Utah Tech University. (February 3, 2022)
Fairbanks, Donna , Utah ASTA Annual Meeting 2021, "Life Worth Living - String Community Building, Acceptance presentation for Utah-ASTA Teacher of the Year Award", American String Teachers Association - Utah Chapter, Live interactive broadcast. (February 3, 2021)
Fairbanks, Donna , Utah-ASTA Fall Workshop, "Teaching Vibrato Variation", American String Teachers Association - Utah Chapter, Live interactive broadcast. (October 24, 2020)
Fairbanks, Donna , International Mendel Forum, "Etudes and Caprices, Op. 35 by Jacob Dont", Gregor Mendel Gesellschaft Wien and Moravian Museum, Vienna, Austria. (March 6, 2020)
Fairbanks, Donna , International Mendel Forum, "Recitative and Scherzo by Fritz Kreisler", Gregor Mendel Gesellschaft Wien and Moravian Museum, Vienna, Austria. (March 6, 2020)
Fairbanks, Donna , O'Flynn, Jeffrey , Midwinter Workshop Chamber Concert, "Conversations for Violin and Clarinet by Roger Nixon", Utah-American String Teachers Association, Eccles Fine Arts Center, Dixie State University, St. George, Utah. (February 6, 2020)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Fairbanks, Donna , (2018) "Fantasie - Music for Violin and Harp - Aurora Duo - Donna Fairbanks (violin) and Lysa Rytting (harp) " . Newtown, Connecticut: MSR Classics. https://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1682
Fairbanks, Donna , (2018) "Lou Harrison - Works for Percussion and Violin - UVU Percussion Ensemble - Doug Smith (director), Donna Fairbanks (violin), Hilary Demske (piano)" . Albany, New York: Albany Records. https://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=AR&Product_Code=TROY1731
Fairbanks, Donna , (2018) "Music for Violin and Guitar - Donna Fairbanks (violin) and Jon Yerby (guitar)" . Albany, New York: Albany Records. https://www.albanyrecords.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=TROY1730
Fairbanks, Donna , Rytting, Lysa , (2009) "Melodie - Music for Violin and Harp - Aurora Duo - Donna Fairbanks (violin) and Lysa Rytting (harp) " (vol. MS 1332). Newtown Connecticut: MSR Classics. https://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1332

Awards

2021 Teacher of the Year Award

Utah - American String Teachers Association - February 6, 2021

Board of Trustees Award of Excellence

Utah Valley University

Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship

Utah Valley University

Dean's Faculty Award of Excellence

Utah Valley University