The Kennedy Center
Glenn Donnellan

Glenn Donnellan
Second Violins

Glenn Donnellan, violinist, is a native of Washington State.  He joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1997.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Minnesota under Almita and Roland Vamos. He continued studies with Jorja Fleezanis as a member of the University of Minnesota Graduate String Quartet and moved on to being a professional freelance musician in the Twin Cities until joining the NSO.

In Minnesota Glenn Donnellan played with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera. With the Minnesota Orchestra he performed as a soloist on the Hardanger Fiddle (the Norwegian national folk fiddle) in their 1993 performance of Grieg’s Peer Gynt.  The Hardanger Fiddle is part of his Norwegian family tradition.

Since joining the National Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Donnellan has performed around D.C., including:  NSO Prelude Concerts, Rockville Jewish Community Theater, the Smithsonian, the Holocaust Museum Chamber Music Series, 20th Century Consort, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, and National Musical Arts.

Mr. Donnellan’s primary outreach activity is through National Symphony Orchestra programs.  He gives nearly 100 performances throughout the D.C. public schools each year, and presents performances for young audiences in the Kennedy Center Family Theater and other venues.  He performed these same outreach programs for thousands of children annually during the NSO American Residencies which took the NSO to 21 states.  He is particularly active in NSO In Your Neighborhood.

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210