David Donelson, ED.D.
Department Chair/Professor of Music/Director of Choral Activities
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Bethel University
Master of Arts in Sacred Music, Bethel Seminary
Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration/Music Education, Nova Southeastern University
American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, College Music Society
Dr. David Donelson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Crown College, a position he held from 1990 – 2008. He returned to Crown College this fall at the invitation of the College. In February of this year he was named Department Chair. Dr. Donelson conducts the Crown College Choir and Kammerchor, a highly select chamber choir whose members are invited for membership based on their high level of musicianship. He also teaches choral conducting and serves as Artistic Director for Christmas In Crown Chapel, a highly anticipated holiday tradition held on the Crown College campus the first week-end of December. During his first tenure at Crown College, Dr. Donelson led the choirs on six highly successful tours throughout central Europe and the Scandinavian countries. He also produced five recordings of both the Crown College Choir and the Crown Chamber Choir. In 2004 and again in 2007, Dr. Donelson was the recipient of the Crown College Excellence in Teaching Award. Upon his return, he was awarded the distinction for the third time in 2014.
From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Donelson was Professor of Music and Department Chair at Malone University (Canton, OH). He conducted the University Chorale and the Malone Chamber Choir touring annually throughout the United States as well as two tours to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy. In 2013, he was announced as a finalist for the Outstanding Educator Award given each year by Malone University.
His national and international tours at both Crown College and Malone University earned outstanding reviews. Dr. Donelson is also active as a church musician, conducting choirs for the past 30 years. He presently serves as the Chancel Choir Director at Golden Valley Lutheran Church.
Dr. Donelson is a graduate of Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) and Bethel Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Arts degree in sacred music. He earned a doctorate in higher education administration with a concentration in music education from Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, FL).