Donny Monk graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice. He also attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for training in church music.
He toured extensively with a number of groups including the Continental Singers, New Hope, Sound of Joy, and Donny Monk and Friends as well as solo concert tours and events. He has performed in all 48 contiguous states and Hawaii and in the countries of England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, West Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, South Korea, and New Zealand.
Donny has served as minister of music in a number of churches and has served as a clinician in numerous conferences and workshops. While living in Nashville, Tennessee he performed on recordings of various publishers for choral demo recordings and as a background vocalist for artists such as Sandi Patty, Steve Green, Amy Grant, and Andy Griffith. He has original songs and choral arrangements published by Lorenz Music, Lexicon Music, Word, Benson, and Genevox. He has recorded six solo albums.
Sparrow Music published his first children’s book entitled, “Silent Night – A Mouse Tale” that he co-wrote with Betsy Hernandez. He has released an additional children’s book entitled “Three Wise Mice.”
His professional affiliations include the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
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Lois Henry has an extensive background as composer, pianist (solo and collaborative), organist, coach and conductor. She has been a staple in Florida’s classical music scene both as a performer and educator. Lois spent 17 years as Professor of Music at Northwest Florida State College, where she served in many capacities, including conducting the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and Belle Voci (the college’s select women’s ensemble), taught piano, voice, and music theory, and presented numerous solo piano recitals. Lois also served as interim conductor of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.
As organist, Lois has performed solo recitals as well as with orchestras. She is presently the music director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, Florida, where she joyfully plays the church’s new Allen organ. In November of 2019 she played the dedicatory concert on that instrument, showcasing its magnificent sound and wonderful capabilities.
As composer, Lois writes music for vocal solos and piano as well as choral music, particularly pieces for mixed choir and women’s choir. Her works have been performed at colleges, high schools, churches, and concert halls. Last year she was commissioned to write a song cycle for solo opera singers and piano based on the historic story of Viola Edwards, a Black nurse who opened a hospital in Pensacola in 1922. The work premiered at the University of West Florida in November 2019 and was performed at Northwest Florida State College in February 2020. Currently she is working on a commission of another song cycle, set to premiere in spring of 2021 at Florida State University.
Lois moved to Florida from the Boston, Massachusetts area. In her 20+ years there, she taught music at Eastern Nazarene College and served as pianist/organist for Boston’s Chorus pro Musica, also frequently acting as the group’s chorusmaster. She had the opportunity to perform on many of Boston’s organs, including the E.G & G. Hook tracker in the church where she was music director.
Allen Organs of the Emerald Coast is fortunate to have Lois as a part of our expanding team. She brings a wealth of experience as an organist, church musician and composer. She is now available for consultations on new Allen Organs as well as new Allen consoles for existing pipe organs. She is also available for organ concerts in your church or school.