Donn received his first guitar at age 5, and began studying
classical guitar at age 12, though he quickly gravitated to
playing in bands in his teen years (including bands that have
opened for world-famous music acts, including The Jimi
Hendrix Experience). In the 1990s, he played in country bands
that shared the stage with such artists as Martina McBride
Throughout Donn's professional career, he continued to pursue
his interest and passion with the classical guitar. Donn has
studied with renowned classical guitarist/teachers Dr.
Nicholas Ciraldo (currently professor of guitar at Southern
Mississippi State University), Dr. Adam Holzman (NAXOS
label recording artist and founder and department chair of the
classical guitar department at The University of Texas at
Austin), and Dr. Matthew Hinsley, executive director of the
Austin Classical Guitar Society, where Donn served as a
board member from 2004 through 2006.
In addition, he has had lessons with lutenist and
Grammy-Award winner Ronn McFarlane, virtuoso Ana
Vidovic, and former Guitar Foundation of America (GFA)
International Competition winner, Mary Ackerman. Donn is
also a member of Allegro Austin, a classical guitar and flute
ensemble performing music from across the centuries for
public and private events.
About Donn's Music
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Donn began participating as a church musician in junior high school in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he sang in the choir for Grace Brethren Church. While in
high school, he and three other church/high school friends formed the Christian folk/gospel music quartet, The Young People, performing in churches
around south Florida and at revivals and conferences around the state of Florida. A former lead guitarist with praise and worship bands, Donn now performs
classical guitar arrangements of sacred music and traditional hymns in houses of worship around the country.
Donn's entry into composing began in 2005 when he was commissioned by a disaster relief organization affiliiated with Samaritan's Purse to provide the
classical guitar soundtrack to a short video that documented how the relief organization helped rebuild lives and homes in the devastated areas of southern
Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He was later encouraged by Mary Ackerman, former Guitar Foundation of America International Competition
winner, to develop his talent for original composition for the classical guitar. Today, every one of Donn's performances include several of his melodic and
memorable original pieces of music as sonic impressions of the Christian faith.
Music Samples and Performance Reviews
Listen to samples of Donn's classical guitar arrangements and read what others are saying about his worship service performances.