Donna Brown excelled in music as a child, beginning her studies at the age of 3. While in high school Ms. Brown worked as the Director of Chapel Music for Craig Air Force Base. She also performed as an accompanist and student conductor for her High School Choir.
She attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts as a National Achievement Scholar where she studied piano, organ, voice and conducting. Leaving Mt. Holyoke, she received her BM degree from The Julliard School in Lincoln Center, New York City as a conducting student of Abe Kaplan. She returned a decade later as a graduate student and teaching fellow under Richard Westenburg.
Ms. Brown has performed internationally as a pianist/musical director for Jeree Palmer, Ronnie Dyson, The Main Ingredients and many others. Ms. Brown was Assistant Artistic Director/Pianist for The Boys’ Choir of Harlem. She has done numerous performances and shows around New York City including The Village Gate, The Peppermint Lounge, The Apollo Theater, The Grand Piano, The Cotton Club (new) and The Billy Holiday Theatre, to name a few.
Ms. Brown is the co-founder and Musical Director of The Black Gospel Pearls and The Golden Gospel Pearls. These groups have toured extensively throughout Europe since 1992. With her gospel groups, Ms. Brown has produced four gospel albums and one maxi single.
Ms. Brown is currently the featured pianist for The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Berlin.
She performs regularly with her group, Donna Brown and The Black Pearl Jazz Quartet emphasizing traditional jazz and blues styles.