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Donna Menhart


Donna Menhart, Assistant Professor of Ear Training, has been teaching Kodaly and traditional ear training, music theory fundamentals, and harmony classes since 1993 at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where she received the University of Hartford Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007. From 1990-2011 Professor Menhart served as the coordinator and music theory/Kodaly ear-training instructor for the Performer's Certificate Program, a college-preparatory program for advance high school musicians she developed for The Hartt School Community Division. Donna is currently the Vice President/President-Elect and Newsletter Editor on the Board of the Kodaly Educators of Southern New England (KESNE), and presents regularly at conferences for local, regional, and national professional music organizations including The Hartt School Music Theory Colloquium, the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA), KESNE and the Organization for American Kodaly Educators (OAKE). Donna has recently been named the National Program Chair for the OAKE National Conference when it will be held in Hartford, CT in 2013. Donna is the choral director of the Treble Choir for grades 5-8 and the high school Bel Canto Choir at St. Andrew Church in Colchester, CT, and has successfully sponsored and coached young singers for acceptance and participation in the OAKE National Youth, Children's, and Concert Choirs. She continues to be active as a pianist in the Hartford performing community, performing with members of the Charter Oak Flutes as well as in a benefit concert for the Brendan Romaneck Alliance for American Music, and as a guest performer with the Blackledge Woodwind Quintet. Donna received Level III Kodaly Certification and a double Master of Music in piano pedagogy and music theory from The Hartt School, where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society, for which she serves as Secretary/Treasurer for Hartt's Epsilon Gamma Chapter. Donna received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Rhode Island and currently resides in Colchester, CT with her husband and three daughters.