Donese has been a professional musician (organ, piano, and harp) in Texas and New Mexico for many years. Though classically trained on piano and organ, she discovered the Celtic harp at the age of 42 and believes "you're never too old for music!"
She has been an active church musician playing in Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, Unitarian, and Catholic churches, and Jewish Synagogues; and she is one of the staff musicians at the University of New Mexico Alumni Chapel, which is host to several hundred weddings each year.
Donese performs solo on the Celtic harp and pedal harp. She also plays public events and private parties as a soloist or in ensemble. She has released two CDs with the ensemble Sweet Breeze; has recorded as a studio musician with several groups; and has conducted folk harp workshops across the Southwest. She also plays in the ensemble Two Roses with flutist Bonnie Schmader. As a "coach" for adult harp students, she gives private and group lessons and has written a two-volume teaching curriculum for adult beginners of folk harp, which is available through www.folkharp.com/catalog and www.applemtnmusic.com.
Recently, her life's path has taken her into therapeutic music work where she works with end-of-life hospice patients. She completed a certification program for this work through The Music for Healing and Transition Program and is a Certified Music Practitioner.This is some of the most powerful and important music work which she has been privileged to do and her respect for the amazing healing properties of the harp continues to grow.
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