Position: Professor Emerita, Voice
Employed Since: 1977
Conservatory Professional Highlights:
Donna Gullstrand, lyric soprano, has performed extensively in the Washington D.C. area with such groups as Paul Hill Chorale, Washington Chorus, Fairfax Symphony, Fairfax Choral Society, Alexandria Choral Society, Twentieth Century Consort, Washington Civic Opera, Friday Morning Music Club and Dumbarton Oaks concert series. She sang the role of Lizzie Borden in the Washington premiere of Thomas Albert’s opera “Lizbeth.” Additionally, she has been soloist with such groups as Bach Aria Group Festival, Maryland Symphony, Shippensburg Chamber Orchestra Festival, Richmond Sinfonia, Huntington Chamber Orchestra, Concord Chamber Singers, St. Bartholomews Great Music Series, Sarasota Choral Society, Charlottesville-Albemarle County Oratorio Society and in WGAL TV’s Childrens Miracle Telethon performance of “Messiah” with Robert Page of the Cleveland Symphony. Concerts abroad include tours in Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Zimbabwe.
She has performed leading musical theater roles in regional summer stock. Former students have appeared in regional music theatre, on Broadway and in national and international tours originating from Broadway productions. She is on the faculty and is a founding member of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute in which Shenandoah Conservatory offered for the first time in the country, a university degree program which offers vocal technique training for non-classical styles.
Gullstrand is founder and coordinator of The Civil War from the Piano Bench, a faculty ensemble that performs songs of the Civil War in period costume along with a media presentation.
B.A., North Central College; M.M., University of Illinois