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Ms. Donna Roberts Axton

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Lake Tahoe Community Choir


  • Bachelor of Science , Math
  • masters Degree , Electrical Engineering
  • Nursing School
  • Master of Music , choral conducting
    University of Nevada , Reno
  • Bachelor of Music
    Allegheny College
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Web References
Sierra Nevada College and Incline ..., 25 Oct 2010 [cached]
Sierra Nevada College and Incline Village Parks & Recreation Senior Programs will host Donna Axton at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Sierra Nevada College's Prim Library, 999 Tahoe Blvd. An optional breakfast will be provided for $3. Copyright 2010 North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. All rights reserved.
Donna Axton, this week's neighbor, is the director of music studies at Sierra Nevada College, director of the SNC Concert Choir, a Toccata performer and the music minister at St. Patrick's Church. She has lived in Tahoe since 1972. At SNC, Donna teaches classes in piano, voice, world music, music history, music appreciation, music and mythology and psychology.
Donna's own musical career included 14 years on tour as the pianist for Hoyt Copyright 2010 North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. All rights reserved.
TOCCATA Artists, 26 Jan 2010 [cached]
DONNA AXTON, alto and accompanist, began playing piano at the age of seven while living in New York. She earned a Bachelor of Music at Allegheny College before moving to Tahoe City. Most recently, she studied with James Wynn at UNR and earned a Masters in piano. She is currently a professor of music and humanities at Sierra Nevada College and works with many professionals and young musicians. Additionally she has directed scores of musical theater productions, accompanied the Nevada Opera Chorus, the Sierra Nevada Chorale, conducted the SNC Concert Band, and currently directs and conducts the SNC Concert Choir. In 2003, she and Chip Meyrelles co-wrote a modern cantata, based on Paradise Lost , which has been performed in Incline Village, Carson City, and New York City. In a previous phase of her life Donna spent 14 years touring with Hoyt Axton, playing country-western, boogie-woogie, gospel, and rock and roll all over this country and Europe.
toccata, 28 Nov 2011 [cached]
Clontz, Donna - alto: Donna is a retired attorney from Southern California. She has sung in choirs since elementary school and has enjoyed singing with TOCCATA since 2009; she lives in Reno with her barbershop-singing husband, Norm.
Currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Science and Technology at Sierra Nevada College, Suzanne sings soprano and occasionally plays flute or recorder for TOCCATA, sings periodically with SNC's chorus under Donna Axton, and sings and plays flute at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Incline Village.
Griffith, George - baritone: George lives in Reno. He received his Bachelor of Science in Math, and has a masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is now retired from a career working at GTE/Verizon. He sang in many church choirs throughout his life and most recently with the Tahoe Community Choir from 1991-2005. He has performed with TOCCATA for one year. George has visited and spent time in 60 different countries. He wrote one musical piece and one small book, "Musical Birds of Nevada".
Helman, Mary Ann - alto: Mary Ann has been a member and alto soloist for community and church choirs from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay area. She received her training while attending Nursing School in the San Francisco Bay area. Like many, music has been a creative and relaxing outlet from the stresses of Medicine. She has resided in South Lake Tahoe since 1979 along with her husband, Jon, and Wheaten Terrier, LuLu. She has been a member of Lake Tahoe Community Choir for over 20 years, where she has performed as soloist for Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi Gloria, Beethoven's Mass in C, Mozart Requiem, Bach Magnificat, and Christmas Oratorio, Britten Ceremony of Carols, and the Brahams Liebeslieder Walzes. She is a frequent guest and soloist for St. Theresa's Catholic Church in South Lake Tahoe, and member and soloist for St. John's Episcopal Church, Glenbrook, Nevada.
Hess, Merdene - alto/soprano: Merdene is originally from Modesto, CA and is now an Enrolled Agent with IRS - owner of Incline Tax Service and a tax preparer for 27 years. She has lived on both coasts and now resides in Reno. Merdene has a BA in Music/Elementary Education from San Jose State, has taught private piano lessons and elementary school music and kindergarten. She has sung in the Fairfield County Chorale in Westport, CT, the Pitchpipers in Fairfield, CT, the Sierra NV College Choir, and St. Patrick's Church Choir in Incline Village, NV.
Horst, Susan - soprano: Susan has been co-conductor of the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus since 2007, a position she assumed upon completion of a Master of Music in choral conducting at the University of Nevada, Reno. Ms. Horst hails from Juneau, Alaska where she held both instrumental and choral positions in the Juneau schools. She was a frequent artistic director and workshop conductor with the Juneau Lyric Opera and the University of Alaska Southeast.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Sierra Nevada ..., 10 April 2012 [cached]
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Sierra Nevada College Concert Choir, under the direction of Donna Roberts Axton, presents "Paradise Lost," a musical adaptation of John Milton's epic poem, by J.A. Meyrelles and Axton, and "Frostiana" by Randall Thompson, his setting of seven Robert Frost poems.
Axton is head of the music program at SNC.
North Lake Tahoe Bonanza - Your Town, 23 April 2004 [cached]
Paradise Lost is a collaboration between Meyrelles and Donna Axton, chair of SNC's music department.But this isn't the first time the two have collaborated.They worked together in 1997 on Meyrelles' play, "Stars in Your Eyes," which was produced off-Broadway in New York two years later.
"Donna stands shoulder-to-shoulder with anyone arranging in New York ... she's a boon to the college," Meyrelles said.
"I compose on the guitar," he said.
Meyrelles has played the guitar as long as he can remember, and he began composing when he was in about the second grade.Paradise Lost is a song cycle of 18 songs.
"Donna is integral to the process," he added."It would be impossible to do it without her input."
She translates the guitar sound into sounds for piano and voice.
Meyrelles grew up in Michigan and then attended Whittenberg University in Ohio, followed by law school at Seattle University.Through the years, he continued playing the guitar and composing.At times, he played in bands at various clubs to help work his way through college.
After working for 15 years as a securities attorney in Century City in Los Angeles, Meyrelles decided to give up law.In 1995 he traveled extensively.Then in 1996, he signed with an agent and produced the demo tape for his first musical, "Stars In Your Eyes."The musical won several Tony awards, and after being produced in New York, it went to theaters across the United States.
Meyrelles said he hopes the same thing will happen for Paradise Lost.
"The Sierra Nevada Chorale is a great laboratory for me," he said."It's a safe environment."
Trading his avocation for his vocation has changed the quality of Meyrelles' life.He became aware that making music was more important to him than practicing law.
"I've realized you get to do the thing in life you think is most important: create art," he said."Sometimes - in this day and age - there isn't the support ... ."
There is nothing more exciting to Meyrelles than hearing real voices sing what was in his head, he said.
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