Donna Messer

Donna Messer (recorder) is founder and president of the Highland Park Recorder Society (HPRS). She studied piano with Olga von Till, recorder with Bernard Krainis, Howard Vogel, Phil Levin, and Deborah Booth; Dalcroze solfege, eurhythmics and improvisation with Dr. Hilda Schuster of the Dalcroze School of Music in New York, and Early Music at Mannes College of Music. She supplemented these studies by attending music workshops and master classes with Bernard Krainis, Paul Leenhouts, Han Tol, Marion Verbruggen and Bart Spanhove.

She attended the First Biennial American Recorder Society Teaching Seminar in San Marcos, Texas, and earned recorder and music teacher certification from the American Recorder Society. She has performed as soloist with the Woodbridge Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra, with the Highland Park Recorder Society, the Garden State Sinfonia, and the College of New Jersey Choir and Choir Orchestra.

Donna currently performs with the Highland Park Recorder Society, and Musica Dolce, the Baroque ensemble of the Highland Park Recorder Society, presenting performances at the annual Guild for Early Music Festival at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ.

Donna is a member of the American Recorder Society, Early Music America, and the Guild for Early Music.

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