Donna Groom (B.M. Sacred Music, 2004) began singing at 18 months and played the piano at 2 and a half. She also learned to play the pipe organ and played regularly for service at 9 years old. Her formal training was with concert pianists Barbara and Audley Wasson in Dayton Ohio and Joseph Esposito Jr. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. These studies took her through many years of performances and competitions, some of which she was a first place winner. One of her accomplishments was performing the Grieg Piano Concerto with the symphony orchestra at 15.
Donna graduated cum laude from Duquesne University with a BM in Organ and Sacred Music. She studied organ with Ann Labounsky, David Craighead, and John Walker.
After attending Duquesne University, she joined "Jimmy Beaumont and The Skyliners" as the female lead vocalist. She has performed at many major venues including Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Gardens, and The Greek Theater. Donna's solo shows including themes such as "One More Mountain to Climb," "Feelin' Groovy," "Just Wonderin'...Songs in the Key of Stevie,"and "Love Letters" featuring over 100 years of nostagic songs and instrumentals that please audiences of all ages.
Ms. Groom is also a professional studio musician and singer and has worked in New York with some of the best musicians in the world. She has written and recorded many TV and radio jingles, the latest of which is the new national "Stanley Steamer" jingle.
She has two CD's in Japan titled "Mind Crusin'," and "Donna Groom Sings Standards," and was a featured guest artist on several other CD compilations. Her new CD is a compilation of Stevie Wonder songs entitled "Just Wonderin..." Donna has acted as vocal contractor and performer on several of the popular PBS "My Music" series, ranging from doo wop to country. She was also consulted and helped with post-production.
Ms. Groom was awarded the Henry N. Mancini Achievement Award in 2003. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists where she served as past Sub Dean and holds the Colleague certificate. Donna is also a member of SAG-AFTRA.
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