Donald Black

Professor of Music (Theory)

Musical Academics

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Faculty Member since 1968

Teaching Area:

Music Theory


BS, Concord College; MFA, Ohio University

  • For twenty years, Donald Black was conductor of the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and opera productions and for twenty-five years was chair of the Instrumental Division. He currently teaches aural skills and instrumentation; he has also taught conducting, music theory, woodwinds, and music education classes
  • He undertook clarinet study with Anthony Gigliotti, David Hite and Thomas Ayres; flute study with Donald McGinnis and Robert Cole; cello study with Frederick Zenone; conducting with Lloyd Geissler; and composition with Karl Ahrendt and Robert Shallenberg. He previously taught in the Newark, Ohio Public Schools, and at Ohio University, East Texas State University, Amarillo College, the University of Iowa and the University of Missouri.
  • He held positions as principal clarinetist with the US Seventh Army Symphony on tour in Europe, the Amarillo Symphony, and the University of Iowa Symphony. He also performed as principal flutist in both the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and the Faculty Woodwind Quintet. He still plays jazz clarinet with The Professors, a combo of faculty colleagues.
  • Donald Black has conducted Shenandoah Conservatory groups in concerts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), and for five years was conductor of the Frederick (MD) Symphony Orchestra. Faculty honors include the Wilkins Faculty Award (1991), Shenandoah University Teacher of the Year (1994), Sigma Alpha Iota Friend of the Arts Award (1998), and Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity (2000).