Work Experience


Founded The Gorton Center Donna Curry Violin/Viola Studio (2014)

Founded The Donna Curry Studio, Winnetka (1990 -  present)

Established and Developed the Suzuki Program at the Music Institute of Chicago (1975 - 1990)

  • Repertory Groups

  • Taught students to read music

  • Conductor for junior high orchestras

Teaching Seminars

Gorton Center Violin/Viola Camp (2015 & 2018)

  • Students of all ages

  • Suzuki and Traditional methods taught

  • Preparatory lessons for IMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association)

Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA)

  • Invited Master Teacher - Winnetka Public School District 36 summer ‘Adventures in Learning’ strings Program

  • Summer Activities District 36, all school activities Camp Experience (2004)

  • Held Bi-Annual Teacher informational, exchange of ideas meetings at the Music Institute of Chicago (1980 - 1990)

Awards & Recognition

Business of the Month, Winnetka Chamber of Commerce (2018)

Invited Master Teacher Summer Strings Program, Lake Villa and Antioch, IL (2017 & 2018)

Certified as worldwide Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Method

Invited faculty at International Suzuki Institute, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Faculty member, Summer Suzuki Institutes of Wisconsin, North Carolina and Illinois (1973 - 1985)

Excellence in Education Special Achievement Award, ONE-TO-ONE Learning Center, Northfield IL, (2000)

Outstanding Educator Teacher Tribute, Alliance for Early Childhood (2013)

Top 10 Instructors on Lessons.com (2016)


American Suzuki Journal
‘The Parent Teacher Relationship: Further thoughts' (1982)



University of Michigan School of Music
BM Music Education (1970)
Violin Principal, Cello Minor

DePaul University School of Music
Music Education (1973-1980)

Graduate Studies

Northwestern University
Roosevelt University
Wayne State University

Principle Teachers

Elizabeth A.H. Green (1960 - 1965)
Charles Avsharian CEO Founder, Shar Products (1966)
Gustave Rosseels University of Michigan, Department Chair (1967 - 1970)
Dr. Milton Goldberg Winnetka Public Schools (1973 - 1983)
Edgar Meunzer Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1975 - 1976)
David Moll  Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1985 - 1986)
Professor Aida Guertovici Mentee to Eugéne Ysaÿe (1980 - 1990)
Dorothy Delay Aspen Summer Music, Master Class (1992)


American String Teacher Association (ASTA)
Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)