Donald Lawrence Appert has appeared as a guest conductor in Japan, Australia, Central America, and throughout Europe. In Italy La’ovadese wrote, “…the performance of the ‘Serenade in C Major’ of Tchaikovsky, under the exceptional direction of Appert, was in such a style that it brought out the elegance and grace of the melodic lines with Mozartian inspiration. …The L’Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto… performed the Barber ‘Adagio’ with rare effectiveness, emphasizing its intrinsically rich melody”. Giornale di Sicilla praised his interpretation of Nielsen’s First Symphony as “lyrical with an airy freshness”, and his conducting as “precise, painstakingly accurate, and diligent”.
In the United States, he has appeared as a guest conductor of the Vancouver (Washington) Symphony, the University of Texas – Arlington Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Washington University Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Central Arkansas Symphony. In April, 2015, Dr. Appert will be guest conducting L’Orchestra Sinfonia Città di Grosseto in two concerts featuring his Concerto in Mi for Piano and String Orchestra, which in May, 2012 he premiered in Italy as a guest conductor of Atelier d’archi della Valle d’Aosta, with Maurizio Barboro as soloist. In August, 2015, he will guest conduct the Festival Sinfonica in Massa, Italy. In December he will return to Romania to guest conduct the Oradea Philharmonic.
Dr. Appert received the 2014 Clark County Arts Commission Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. In 2011 he was awarded the American Prize in Orchestral Programming – Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award for his work with the Oregon Sinfonietta. For this year’s competition, Dr. Appert won 3rd Place in the American Prize in Orchestral Programming for his work with the Oregon Sinfonietta.
In 2013 Dr. Appert was a finalist for the American Prize in Orchestral Programming, again for his work with the Oregon Sinfonietta. Clark College Orchestra received 3rd place in the 2013 American Prize in Orchestral Performance – Community Orchestra for their March 14, 2012 concert, which included the works of Harty – With the Wild Geese, Appert – Concertino for Bass Clarinet and Strings (world premiere, with Rocco Parisi as soloist), Butterworth – A Shropshire Lad: Rhapsody, and Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol. In addition, the Oregon Sinfonietta was a semi-finalist for their January 20, 2013 concert, which included the works of Foote – Suite in E Major for Strings, Stamitz – Viola Concerto in D Major, and Mozart – Symphony No. 40 in G minor.
In 2012 Dr. Appert received honorable mention for the American Prize in Orchestral Programming for his work with the Oregon Sinfonietta, in addition to being a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Composition – Orchestra Professional for his Northwest Triptych. Dr. Appert received the 2013 ASCAPLUS Award for performances of his compositions in Romania, Qatar, and the United States. He also received this award in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, and 2005 for performances of his music in Europe, Central America, Japan, and the United States. In 2009 Dr. Appert received the Washington Community College Humanities Association Exemplary Status Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Humanities.
Dr. Appert is a member of ASCAP, with most of his works published. The Oregon Sinfonietta premiered his Fantasy for Contrabass Solo and String Orchestra, with William Athens as soloist, on their November 9, 2014 concert. Dr. Appert’s Northwest Triptych was premiered by the Oregon Sinfonietta in November, 2010, and was performed by state orchestras in Romania, El Salvador, and Slovakia in 2011. ABEditore (Milan, Italy) published his Concertino for Bass Clarinet and String Orchestra and Vignette for String Quartet (or String Orchestra).
In June, 2013 Rocco Parisi’s Bass Clarinet Quartet premiered Quartetto Basso, which they had commissioned from Dr. Appert. The work was included on their CD entitled A tempo, a Modo: Path tracking Vito Marsico, and may be obtained through www.amiranirecords.com. Dr. Appert’s Nara Variations received its world premiere in December, 2007 by the Ashiya Chamber Orchestra in Kobe, Japan. Additional performances in 2008 – 2009 of this work for string orchestra were by the El Salvador State Symphony, The