A native of Texas, Donald R. Meineke serves as Cantor at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity where he oversees the musical life of the Parish, conducts the Holy Trinity Parish Choir, curates an extensive concert series, and is Artistic Director of Bach Vespers featuring the renowned Bach Choir and Players.
Donald maintains an active career as a recitalist, lecturer, conductor, and singer performing with local, national, and international ensembles. In addition to his work at Holy Trinity, Donald served as the Co-Director of the critically acclaimed Early Music Festival: NYC and is co-founder/tenor of Ensemble VIII in Austin, TX. He has served as assistant chorus master for Helmuth Rilling, preparing Mozart’s Mass in C minor in multiple cities throughout Venezuela and Bach’s B minor Mass and Passions throughout Germany and Italy. A passionate teacher, Donald has presented master classes and workshops at the regional and national levels on topics ranging from organ improvisation, chant, choral techniques, early music, and historical liturgical practices.
Donald has held posts at First English Lutheran in Austin, TX; Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he conducted the Choirs of Trinity Church and was founder and Artistic Director of Vox Triniti; Holy Trinity Lutheran in Chicago, Illinois; and served on the Worship and Music staff at the Churchwide Offices of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Chicago.
Donald holds degrees from Indiana University and The University of Texas at Austin. His teachers have included Larry Smith, Marilyn Kaiser, Elizabeth Wright, Lawrence Brownlee, and James Morrow.