Donna Kelly Eastman, DMA

Title: Composer

Location: Surprise, Arizona, United States

Donna Kelly Eastman, Composer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music instruction and direction.

Dr. Eastman has been helping fill lives with the incredible power of music for more than five decades. As a talented musician, pianist, vocalist and teacher, she has directed international music programs and composed music. Consistently throughout her career, she has served as a private teacher. From 1970 to 1972, she served as the Choral Director at the Department of Defense Overseas School in Okinawa, Japan. She directed the Choraleers Choral Ensemble in Stuttgart, Germany from 1974 to 1976 and the Bangkok Music Society Ensemble and Madrigal Singers in Bangkok from 1982 to 1984. In addition to traveling all over the world to spread the importance of music, Dr. Eastman has been a visiting composer and professor at Sweet Briar College, Grinnell College and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Recognized as a talented musician at an early age, Dr. Eastman decided to pursue the field in her academic pursuits. She first earned a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Colorado in 1967. She continued at the University of Maryland to earn a master’s in 1973 and a Doctor in Musical Arts in 1992. For her work, Dr. Eastman has received a number of awards, including the Miriam Gideon Prize for New Music from the National League of American Pen Women, the National Music Composition Award, the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Award from the American Music Center and the International Piano Composition Award from Roodeport International Eisteddod.

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