Donna is originally from the Los Angeles area, where she began studying the organ at the age of seven. Four years later she was introduced to the theatre organ and studied with many of the top theatre organists in that area.
Having played and studied organs from the age of seven, Donna began her classical instruction at age thirteen with Richard Purvis, then Organist and Choirmaster of San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. She made her first recording at fifteen, was appointed the first Official Organist for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball organization and performed concerts for a major electronic organ manufacturer. After college she played at the Organ Stop Pizza in Phoenix and later at the Roaring Twenties restaurant in Grand Rapids Michigan. She opened as featured organist at the Paramount Music Palace in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1979 and was a featured organist there for over ten years, performing daily on the 4/42 Wurlitzer. For several years she was also Staff Organist in Vancouver, Washington at Uncle Milt's Pipe Organ Pizza until it closed in 1999.
Donna moved to the Portland area in 1990 where she served as Marketing Manager for the Rodgers Instrument Corporation in Hillsboro for several years. She performed regularly at the Organ Grinder restaurant in Portland and at Uncle Milt's Pipe Organ Pizza restaurant in Vancouver, Washington. In 1996, Donna was named "Organist of the Year" by the American Theatre Organ Society.
Donna now serves as Music Director and Organist at Piedmont Presbyterian Church in Portland, and as Associate Organist at First United Methodist Church in Portland with Jonas Nordwall. She is the Institutional Sales Director for Moe's Pianos/Sherman, Clay and Company, representing Allen Organ Company and Steinway Pianos. At the present time she provides professional keyboard teaching services in the Portland, Oregon area. She is a Consultant to the Allen Organ Company developing music education programs.
Donna Parker is an internationally recognized Concert Organist. She plays live performances, maintaining an active concert schedule. She has made recordings with Jonas Nordwall and Tom Hazelton as Trio Con Brio in addition to two solo albums. To fill out her very active career, Donna somehow finds time for an active concert schedule, performing at well-known concert venues throughout the United States. Internationally, she has performed in venues such as Vienna, Australia and Tokyo. She set sail on the first "theatre organ cruise" in August, 2002, to Alaska on the Norwegian Cruise Lines' Norwegian Skye.
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