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Donna N.
(1935 - 2023)

A native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Donna Nagey Robertson began playing piano for Sunday school and Bible school classes soon after she began piano study at age eight. After starting organ at fourteen, she began serving local churches as organist, teaching piano privately, and accompanying at local vocal studios. "The Church has always played a large part in my musical development, and when I began composing as a teenager, one of my ambitions was to write the very best music I could for the greater glory of God. I am still trying."

Upon graduating in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she received a Master of Music degree (Theory) from the Eastman School of Music and began a long academic career as organ teacher, college organist, and theory-composition professor at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina, where she retired in 2000 after 42 years of service. She earned the rank of Associate (AAGO) in the American Guild of Organists.

As an organist, Mrs. Robertson served many churches in western North Carolina and concertized in the southeastern United States and Europe.

Her musical compositions have been performed on new music festivals throughout the United States and she has been widely commissioned by churches and other organizations. She was a founding member of the International League of Women Composers, serving on its first board of directors, and also was a founder of the former Mars Hill-Hinshaw choral series and choral festival. Among a diverse body of musical compositions in many idioms she has written much sacred chamber music, some of which has been published by TAP, Alry, Oceanna, and Northwestern Publishing House. Three arrangements of American folk hymns for flute, clarinet, and oboe were recorded by Tres Vien. She wrote numerous chorale preludes, free hymn accompaniments and intonations, as well as many anthems.

Mrs. Robertson was affiliated with ASCAP and lived in Asheville, North Carolina until her death the day after Christmas, 2023.

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