An accomplished singer, Donna has performed with The New Orleans Summer Pops Orchestra, The New Orleans Philharmonic, The Colombian Nacional Orchestra, The Boston Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, Goldovsky Opera, Northwestern Opera Theatre, Kennesaw Opera Theatre, New Orleans Opera, and the Atlanta Chamber Opera Society.
In June 2014 she was presented an international lifetime achievement award by Opera Volunteers International. The award, which recognizes outstanding individuals who have given extraordinary volunteer service to opera in their communities, cited Donna's 30 plus years of unwavering support of opera in the metro Atlanta area as well as her focus on developing local talent.
A graduate of Newcomb College in New Orleans, Donna received her Masters degree in voice from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has also studied at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Tanglewood Institute, The Berkshires Festival, Lenox, Massachusetts.
Donna has studied under vocal coaches Marjorie Lawrence, Robert Bernauer, Irene Jordan, Janice Harsanyi, Phyllis Curtin, Norman Treigle, Dalton Baldwin, Ryan Edwards, Gerard Souzay, Robert Gay, and Fletcher Wolfe.
Over the course of her career, Donna's passion for opera education has led her to become founder and director of Kennesaw State College Opera Theatre; director of Clark College Atlanta Opera Workshop; leader of Advanced Teen Voice and Adult Master classes at the Galloway Center for the Arts; Founder and Artistic Director of Friends of Opera; and of course, Founder and Artistic Director of Capitol City Opera Company, Inc.
Donna has also taught in private studios in Lexington, Virginia; Greenville, South Carolina; and in metro Atlanta. Donna also served as Artist In Residence at Clark Atlanta College; Kennesaw State College; The Cathedral of St Philip; The Atlanta Boy Choir School of Music; The Galloway Center for the Arts; and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Donna's awards and honors include Pi Kappa Lambda National Honorary, Music; Who's Who in American Musicians (S.C.); Coordinator and Adjudicator Mobile Opera Guild Auditions; and her students have consistently placed tops in NATS, GMTA, Brevard Opera, Westminster Choir College, Goldovsky Competition, McAlister Awards.