She is the President of the Society for Catholic Liturgy
, serves on the board of the CMAA, is the managing editor of the CMAA’s journal Sacred Music
, and serves on the Archdiocese of New York Music Commission. As academic liaison of the CMAA, she has organized and presented papers at several academic conferences on Charles Tournemire, the work of Msgr. Richard Schuler, and the role of Gregorian chant in pastoral ministry and religious education
; she was a co-organizer of the Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 conference in New York, presented papers at the Sacra Liturgia conferences in New York, London, and Milan, and will present a paper at the upcoming Sacra Liturgia conference in Toronto in June 2019. She recently served as the conference organizer for the annual meeting of the Society for Catholic Liturgy in Miami
Donelson received her DMA in piano performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied piano with Paul Barnes, Mark Clinton, and Ann Chang in addition to her organ studies with Quentin Faulkner. She received her undergraduate degree in vocal music education and North Dakota State University, where she studied piano with Dr. Robert Groves and conducting with Dr. JoAnn Miller.
Having studied Gregorian chant at the Catholic University of America and the Abbey of St. Peter in Solesmes, for six years Donelson served as a co-organizer of the Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference, and has given chant workshops in dioceses, parishes, and monasteries across the U.S. and Europe. Before coming to Dunwoodie, Dr. Donelson served on the faculty at St. Gregory the Great Seminary
in the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, and at Nova Southeastern University
in Fort Lauderdale, where she taught music theory, music history, piano, and directed the university chorale.