Gunn, Donna

Gunn, Donna

Donna Gunn
Lincoln, NE
(402) 890-9664

With performances in Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, and at Cornell University, Donna's never ending passion for art is global in scope. Her diverse performing and teaching experience encompasses center stage at The Lied Center for Performing Arts, as well as working in schools and assisted living facilities. Since joining the NAC roster, Donna has reached thousands of students and residents in dozens of venues.

Residencies designed to capture attention, ignite enthusiasm and inspire creativity!

With a master’s degree in performance and pedagogy and a bachelor’s degree in music education, Donna brings her talent, teaching skill and vibrant personality to grades K-12 and your community. Each residency interconnects music, multi-media and experiential activities, which provides a unified focus and holistic understanding of music and its place in the world. Residencies meet state learning standards in music and related disciplines.

Each custom-designed residency enhances your music and school curriculum or program with an interdisciplinary perspective. Students participate in a variety of activities such as active listening, singing, hands-on creating, composing, dancing and performing. Donna's residencies are designed to be long-term, lasting learning experiences. Resources provided for each residency include comprehensive hands-on guides, discography, bibliography, web links, educational vocabulary lists, learning activities and assessments. Choose from the residencies below or contact Donna to create the tailor-made program that meets the distinctive needs of your community.

Music On the Trail: From Westport, Missouri, to "Oregon Blue," students join the pioneers as they traverse the Oregon Trail. American folk songs are experienced to the fullest. Classical music is introduced and interwoven into the canvas of the covered wagon way of life.

It Was the Age of Revolution: Experience the feelings and beliefs that spark revolution. Students explore how musicians and their instruments contribute to cultural change. The residency culminates with guided artistic choices as students compose their own work.

Modernity~Music from Our Time: Be delighted in a musical journey through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Uncover how the moderns transformed the style of the old masters to make that which was old new again. Students use centuries-old techniques such as texture, harmony, form and volume to manipulate and create their own compositions. Experience the diversity as Donna takes students from Chicago to New York and Russia to France -- something for everyone.

Donna's new performance practice book:
Discoveries from the Fortepiano
Oxford University Press, 2016