After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, Donald Montanaro became a member of the New Orleans Symphony. In 1957, he went on to join the Philadelphia Orchestra as associate principal clarinet, where he stayed for almost 50 years. He has performed at the Casals and Marlboro festivals, and toured Europe and East Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. He founded and was the music director for the Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble.

Don Montanaro will always be in Vandoren's heart.