Donna Jelen is conductor of CIM’s String Sinfonia Orchestra and Preparatory Orchestra. She is also director of orchestras in the Shaker Heights City Schools.


  • BM in violin performance, Oberlin Conservatory
  • MM in violin performance, Houston Moores School of Music
  • Violin studies with Gregory Fulkerson, Erich Eichhorn, Fredell Lack, David Russell and Roland and Almita Vamos 
  • Viola studies with Roland Vamos
  • Conducting studies with Jody Kerschner, Joanne Erwin, Timothy Weiss, David Effron, George Stelluto and Virginia Allen