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Don Hart is a composer, arranger, and orchestrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. Among the honors Don has received as an arranger are his 2006 Grammy nomination, arranging for a Grammy winning album, advertising’s Clio and Gospel Music’s Dove awards. Symphony orchestras and chamber groups, including ensembles from Nashville, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Kansas City, have played his music. Don was commissioned by the Nashville Ballet to write the score for a new production of The Velveteen Rabbit, which premiered in April 2006. In addition to numerous arranging assignments for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, he has been commissioned by them for several works, including Concertino for Two Mandolins, Guitar and Strings, the cantata, With Heart and Hands and Voices and Tarantella and Reverie in which he teamed with co-composer/guitarist John Jorgenson. Don is the Music Teachers National Association Nashville chapter’s candidate for 2007 Tennessee Composer of the Year. His compositions for broadcast have been heard nationally on A&E, CNN, TBS and the History Channel.

Don received a Grammy nomination in 2006 for his arrangement of Scary Things, from the award winning children’s album Kid Pan Alley Nashville (Parents’ Choice Gold Award and NAPPA Gold Award). He contributed several arrangements to Bar 17, by Trey Anastasio, John Jorgenson’s current solo album, “Ultraspontane”, and his string arrangement can be heard on Rick Trevino’s new single, Separate Ways. He has worked with numerous other artists such as Martina McBride, on her single In My Daughter’s Eyes, and with Randy Travis on his 2005 Grammy winning album Worship and Praise; also Sara Evans, John Bindel (Scary Things), Collective Soul, Raul Malo, Darrell Scott, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Gabe Dixon, Jonell Mosser, Amy Grant, the Mavericks, Suzy Bogguss, Tim O’Brien, Wynonna, Michelle Poe, Bering Strait, Marty Stuart, Suzi Ragsdale, Lonestar, Andy Williams, Steven Curtis Chapman, Steve Green, Sandi Patty, Peter Rowan, and Nanci Griffith.

In the choral field Don has been published by a number of companies, and has also contributed to a popular music curriculum series. In 1990 Don won advertising’s Clio award for Best Instrumental Arrangement, and in 1991 he was awarded Gospel Music’s Dove award for arranging and co-producing the Musical Album of the Year, Handel’s Young Messiah.