Donna Stoering’s teaching career began at age 12 when family friends asked her to give weekly piano lessons to their children. At age 14 she was asked to fill in for an ailing choir teacher at the local middle school, and conduct the choir from the piano while accompanying the pieces and teaching the students their individual parts. Meanwhile the piano teaching continued very successfully and by age 17, Donna was a 2nd year university student performing 80 concerts per year and teaching 30 students per week as Head of the 7-member Piano division at a community music conservatory, while also teaching composition and voice.

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Donna’s longtime students have gone on to play major roles in the musical life of several cities around the globe, performing concerti and solo recitals in all major halls worldwide, teaching at renowned university music departments, performing in touring chamber groups, creating music schools and successful music studios of their own, and gaining keyboard positions in major symphony orchestras worldwide.

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The story of Donna’s own music lessons is somewhat unusual: Donna was asking her parents for a piano when she was 2, and eventually they purchased one for her 3rd birthday. Donna’s mother began phoning piano teachers and no one would consider taking a 3-yr old, so Donna’s mother signed up for the lessons herself and then returned home and shared with Donna what she had learned. She must have done a wonderful job, as before age five Donna was admitted to the special music courses at Mills College where Joyce Grantham, a pianist and composition student of Darius Milhaud, agreed to teach Donna. Joyce Grantham became Donna’s composition and piano teacher for the next 12 years, and Donna won many national awards and competitions during that time even while also enjoying other musical pursuits.

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Donna has also been asked to take honorary advisory positions on several music/education boards, help launch community music schools in both the USA and UK, and has acted as head adjudicator for music competitions in Canada, England, USA, Italy, and Russia. She has written numerous publications on a variety of music, pedagogy or educational topics, and has been followed by camera crews wishing to document her teaching style and her highly successful masterclasses.

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