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Dona Vellek

Assistant Principal Cello Emeritus

Dona Vellek Klein


Dona Vellek joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as Assistant Principal Cello in 1981. From 2001-2007, Ms. Klein took a leave of absence from the Orchestra and returned in 2008 as Assistant Principal Cello Emeritus.

Ms. Klein is an active coach with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and has previously served as a coach for the ASO’s Talent Development Program and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has served as an elected delegate for the Atlanta Symphony Associates and a committee member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association. Ms. Klein also enjoys participating in a variety of the Orchestra’s community engagement activities.

Ms. Klein has been an affiliate artist with Emory University for 11 years and performed as part of the concert series at Oglethorpe University for three years. She is the founder of Sempre Sonare and cofounder of the Atlanta String Quartet. Ms. Klein is also an active chamber musician and has performed with the Musica da Camera, Georgian Chamber Players, Atlanta Chamber Players, and others. Additionally, she is a private music instructor and a member of the American String Teachers Association.

A graduate of the New School of Music, Ms. Klein studied with Orlando Cole of the Curtis String Quartet, was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic and also gave regular chamber recitals at the State University of New York before moving to Atlanta.

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