"...the choir, under the direction of Dr. David Donelson, sang as if one voice. They were so well prepared that it seemed like they could read the conductor's mind and interpret exactly what he wanted them to do even before he showed them with his gesture...." Salzburg, Austria (June, 2007)David Donelson, conductor
David Donelson, Ed.D., is professor of Music and conducts the University Chorale, Malone Chamber Choir, and Chapel Choir, and teaches choral conducting. He also serves as Artistic Director of Christmas at Malone, a time-honored series of holiday concerts. Previously, he was professor of music and department chair at Crown College in Minneapolis, MN, a position he held for 18 years.
Dr. Donelson is a graduate of Bethel University and Bethel Theological Seminary where he earned a masters degree in sacred music. He earned a doctorate in higher education administration with a concentration in music education from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Donelson has been active in church music ministry, directing multi-faceted music programs. From 1988 - 1990, he served as musical director and conductor of the Delta Choral Society based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Choirs under his direction have sung at the National Association of Evangelicals and have recorded television and radio ads for the Dayton Hudson Corporation. They have toured throughout all parts of the United States and have traveled overseas eight times to Central and Eastern Europe as well as the Scandinavian countries. He is currently preparing the Malone Chamber Choir for a summer 2013 tour to Italy. In the summer of 2004, Dr. Donelson was invited to work within the music department at the Salzburg Cathedral in Salzburg, Austria where he conducted and sang with the Cathedral Choir. He was the recipient of the Crown College Teaching Excellence Award in 2004 and the Outstanding Educator Award in 2007 for his work in exemplary service to the music department and the college as a whole. Dr. Donelson has prepared his choirs for performances with The Canton Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang" Op. 52 and Bach's "St Matthew Passion") and the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra (Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9 in D minor" Op. 125 and Mahler's "Symphony #2"). Throughout northeastern Ohio, Dr. Donelson has been the guest conductor for High School honor choirs and is frequently called upon to adjudicate choral festivals and solo/ensemble contests. He recently conducted the 400 voice 2011 Wayne County Festival of Choirs. Dr. Donelson is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators Association, College Music Society, and Ohio Music Educators Association.