DONNA RHODENIZER & ANDY DUINKER
Donna & Andy are always ready to entertain children and families with their infectious songs that are sure to result in audience participation. They present an interactive musical performance with fiddle, accordion, keyboard and guitar and Donna & Andy’s signature vocals, harmonies and comedy.
Juno Nominees and ECMA winners Donna Rhodenizer and Andy Duinker have performed professionally together since 1996 for over 300,000 audience members in 1000 performances throughout Canada.
Their 2009 ECMA nominated CD Blue Skies and Pirates includes a variety of musical styles and instrumental arrangements, creating an exciting listening experience. PARENTAL WARNING: Once your kids fall in love with Donna & Andy’s songs, you may never get to listen to any other CDs.
Donna & Andy’s Juno nominated CD, Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me received an ECMA nomination and a Music Nova Scotia Award. This CD can be used with the “Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me” songbook or Teacher’s Resource. This follows a long tradition of Donna & Andy developing music resources for elementary school music programs. Teachers throughout North America welcome this authentic music for children that enriches their music programs.
Donna & Andy’s recording It’s Christmas Time was nominated for a 2007 ECMA for Children’s Recording of the Year. Their Computer Cat CD garnered a 2004 ECMA Award for Children’s Recording of the Year as well as receiving a 2003 Music Nova Scotia nomination. Donna Rhodenizer also received a Music Nova Scotia nomination for Educator of the Year in 2003, 2004 and 2006.
The songs on all of their CDs are presented in two versions: full performance tracks, as well as instrumental tracks. The instrumental tracks are often used by elementary students at school concerts and assemblies. At home, children can use the instrumental tracks on all Donna & Andy CDs to sing their favourite songs for admiring family and friends.
In addition to performing, composing and recording, Donna & Andy co-founded Red Castle Publishing to print and distribute their original music to schools and choirs across Canada and the U.S. They have published over 50 original songs in a series of four songbooks and 30 individual titles for choirs. Over 50,000 copies of their CDs, 4,000 songbooks and over 30,000 copies of single sheet music of their original songs have been distributed since 1996.
Most music products, including CDs and songbooks developed by Donna Rhodenizer, Andy Duinker and Red Castle Publishing, are recognized by the Nova Scotia Department of Education as Approved Learning Resources. The Department of Education has endorsed the quality of Donna & Andy’s original music and resources by purchasing two of the song collections for every elementary school in Nova Scotia.
An instrumental album of Donna’s original fiddle and violin works is now available. The next Donna & Andy children’s album a collection of original Christmas songs by Donna, entitled “Christmas Encore”, is slated for release in the fall of 2018. Go to AndyDuinker.com to listen to Andy’s Big Band, 4 song EP – “Come Dance With Me”.