Chair and Associate Professor of Music
BA, Clarke University
MMEd, Holy Names University
DMA, University of Hartford
Areas of Expertise:
Voice, Music Education
About Sister LaDonna:
LaDonna Manternach, BVM, is a lyric soprano originally from rural Cascade, Iowa. After completing a bachelor of arts degree in music at Clarke University with a concentration in music education, she went on to teach elementary school music at St. Joseph's Elementary School, in Bellevue, Iowa; St. Augustine School, in Oakland, Calif.; School of the Madeleine, in Berkeley, Calif.; St. Paul Elementary School, in San Francisco, Calif.; and St. Anthony Grade School, in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1991, Manternach completed her master’s degree in music education with an emphasis in the Kodály methodology from Holy Names College, in Oakland, Calif. Manternach joined the Clarke staff in 1996, serving on the campus ministry team as liturgical minister and as an instructor of music for three years. She then took a sabbatical to complete her doctoral degree in vocal performance from the University of Hartford - Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Even though her focus has continually been on teaching music, she has been a soloist for the Women’s Chorus of San Francisco, the Bay Area Community Chorus, and the Des Moines Concert Singers, the Archdiocesan Chorale (Dubuque), and the Dubuque Chorale. She also performed the roles of Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium by Menotti, and Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata while at the Hartt School. Manternach teaches private voice, elementary music methodology, beginning music theory and the Music Capstone course for seniors. She currently chairs the Music Department.