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Donna Barnes s Donna Barnes is the Director of Music Ministry at Holy Trinity. She earned her BA in Music at Cal State University Dominguez Hills as a flutist and moved to San Pedro in 1976, gathering students and setting up a flute studio. During this time, Donna performed with many chamber music ensembles in the South Bay area, including the Baroque Consortium, Victoria Street Ragtime Band, and the Palos Verdes Chamber Players. She was principle flutist of the Carson/Dominguez Hills Symphony from 1976 – 1994. With the birth of her second child in 1987, she decided to close the flute studio and concentrate in the area of liturgical music.

Called to begin a Contemporary Ensemble at the Sunday 5:15 mass at Mary Star of the Sea, Donna studied the Archdiocesan Liturgical Training offered by the Office for Worship. In 1991 she was in the first graduating class of the program, earning certification as a Music Director and as Liturgy Director and presented with her certificates by Cardinal Roger Mahony. Desiring to learn more about the Catholic faith, Donna entered the Graduate Religious Studies department of Mount St. Mary’s College in 1991 and, attending classes on a part time basis, earned a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Liturgy in 1997.

Since that time she has served the Archdiocese by coordinating liturgies for various events including the Native American liturgies at the Religious Education Congress, the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Ed Clarke, the Presbyteral and Diaconate ordinations, and served on the preparation committee for the Dedication of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral.  Most recently, Donna was one of two local co-chairs for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ Regional Convention held this August, here in Los Angeles.

Ministering in music at Mary Star for 11 years, and at St. Lawrence Martyr, in Redondo Beach, as Liturgical Ministries Coordinator for 8 years, Donna came to Holy Trinity in 2001, joining the Pastoral Team as fulltime Director of Music. Currently the director of the Adult Choir (10:00 a.m.) and the Children’s Choir, Donna oversees the parish’s music program as well as leading the Liturgy Committee in the preparation of seasonal liturgies.

Having resided in San Pedro for 32 years, Donna is at home here with her husband Tom and her two children, Seth (26) and Megan (21), and continues to play her flute in chamber music ensembles, at mass and at the Wayfarer’s Chapel where she is one of the Chapel Musicians.

 

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