As an elementary music specialist (35 years), I direct choral and handbell choirs, teach recorder and general classroom music. I play classical violin and piano and I have been a church organist and choir director. I perform in a professional singing duo, Donna & Andy. We received a Juno nomination and multiple ECMA and Music NS awards for our recordings of children's music. I compose choral music for children and adults. My songs are in the Royal Conservatory of Music graded vocal series.
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Bachelor of Music Education, Acadia University, NS
Kodaly Level 3 Certification

Donna Rhodenizer is a composer, music educator, performer and recording artist. She has composed over 300 original compositions for singers of all ages, publishing choral octavos for adult choirs, and single titles and song collections for elementary students (in English and French). She has been commissioned to compose or arrange choral works for the Nova Scotia Music Educators’ Association, Aeolian Singers of Halifax, Cantabile Singers, Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, and other choral ensembles. She has also composed over thirty works for violin and piano. Some of Donna’s pieces are included in the Royal Conservatory of Music graded Voice Series published by Frederick Harris.

Donna’s compositions have been used in festivals, school concerts, assemblies, music classrooms and regular classrooms and have been performed by choirs across Canada, as well as in the US, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Sierra Leone, England, Ireland, Austria, Spain and Hong Kong.

Donna is an elementary music education specialist at Kings County Academy in Kentville, NS. She is a Juno-nominated and ECMA-winning recording artist as part of the professional singing duo, Donna & Andy. Donna & Andy were Artists-in-Residence at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong in April 2014. In addition, Donna has presented workshops for teachers in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan, plus the International Society for Music Educators, and Podium (ACCC). She was awarded both the Nova Scotia Music Educators’ Association Musica Viva Award and the Canadian Music Educators’ Association Jubilate Award of Merit recognizing her significant contribution to music education in Canada.

Donna’s varied musical activities reflect her dedication and passion for the creation and inclusion of music in all facets of life.

66 Mee Road
B4N 1W7
Choral, Composition, Strings, String Orchestra, Other

Choral, violin/strings, classroom music: Temiskaming Festival of Music, Temiskaming Shores, ON
Choral, recorder, beginner band: Kerns and Elk Lake Music Festival, ON
Piano, vocal, choral: Northern Arts Academy, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Choral classes: New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music, Saint John, NB (2012 and 2015)
Choral classes: Truro Music Festival, NS
Composer Competition: New Brunswick Registered Music Teachers Association, NB
Choral classes: New Brunswick Provincial Finals, NB