© 2016 by Donna Kavanagh



I'm Donna Kavanagh, an Auckland based composer and audio engineer.

Music and audio are my passions and I am particularly enthusiastic about illustrating a project's story and character through the power of sound.

My composition style is adaptable and I enjoy working to specifications in any genre including orchestral composition.


I understand from experience the pressures associated with recording and editing, and I love collaborating with the Music, Film/TV, and Creative Industries.


My vision is to create a media company of my own with a focus on post production.


The creative process can be daunting... allow me to help you achieve your dreams by creating the perfect sound to match your picture.


Donna Kavanagh


"Donna Kavanagh, 33, leads one of the workshop's tutorials on post production. The Waitoki audio engineer has been writing songs since she was 6, and recorded her first album at 12. Now a film composer and producer, Kavanagh says women have much to offer
the industry and it's time for
a change."

- Matthew Cattin, Rodney Times

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Film Industry on the hunt for Audio Engineers"

D-PHOTO MAGAZINE, 16th December, 2016

SAE Bachelor of Audio Engineering student Donna Kavanagh, who has landed her dream job of working as a sound assistant on Shortland Street — all while only in her second year of the degree!"

Film Festival Opportunity for Waitoki Woman

Kiwi short film bound for UK film festival


Newspaper Interview

"An emotional composition has scored a Waitoki woman a film festival opportunity.

Donna Kavanagh will fly to London next week to see her hard work enjoyed at the Norwich Radical Film Festival.

The SAE audio engineering student composed, performed, recorded, engineered and mastered the score for Kiwi short film Jianjie, which was accepted into the international festival."

Sound Barrier Broken


Newspaper Interview

"Audio engineer Donna Kavanagh of Waitoki will host a tutorial at a female-only audio engineering workshop on March 12."

SAE Student's film takes part in UK film festival

It’s always exciting when a Kiwi has their work shown on a global scale, but it’s even more impressive when a Kiwi student is given the opportunity to have their work seen outside of New Zealand borders. And that’s exactly what’s happened for SAE Creative Media Institute Bachelor of Film Arts student Nicole Chen, who has been invited to show her short film Jianjie at the inaugural Norwich Radical Film Festival in the UK.

Special prize for composer

North Shore Times Advertiser, 19 March 1996; p.8

Newspaper Interview

"Young Shore composer Donna Kavanagh achieved second place in the Yamaha Starters and Strategies Composer competition against 1000 contestants nationwide"

Album Success

Prodigy's music booms

North Shore Times Advertiser, 19 January 1996; p.14

Newspaper Interview

"Browns Bay composer-musician, Donna Kavanagh, 13, enjoys success with her first album, Fade Away, having sold 5000 copies."

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