Donna Jelen is conductor of CIM’s String Sinfonia Orchestra and will assume the role as conductor of CIM’s Preparatory Orchestra beginning fall 2019. 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