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Biography (Full)

Donna Gross Javel was a teenager when she was selected by the Leschetisky Association to perform at Carnegie Recital Hall under its auspices. Subsequent performances of solo and chamber music have occurred in such diverse venues as the Esterhazy Palace in Austria, the Frank Lloyd Wright Zimmerman House in New Hampshire and Ventfort Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts. A frequent Boston area performer, Donna Gross Javel has appeared on many local concert series such as the Brookline Library Recital Series, the First Sundays Concert Series in Chelmsford, and The Piano Heritage Series at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford. Her performance on "Morning Pro Musica" was broadcast live from WGBH radio in Boston and hosted by Robert J. Lurtsema.  She has also performed on piano and celeste with the Boston University and Indiana University percussion ensembles.

Having received an M.M in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Donna is also strongly committed to sharing her broad experiences with her students. She has served on the faculty of the Dana Hall Music School and the Brookline Music School where she was awarded the special status of "gifted teacher" by the school's memorable director, Larry Zukof. The school additionally supported her efforts by awarding her two faculty enrichment grants, one of which enabled her to study at the Moscow Conservatory Summer Piano Institute. Other achievements in the area of music education include co-founding and directing the Summer Chamber Music Program in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a program which evolved into the Community Music Program; a cooperative effort between West Chester University and the community. She also served as Assistant to the Director of the Young Artists Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Donna Gross Javel serves as an adjudicator for local piano competitions and festivals and maintains a private piano studio in Waltham, MA. Donna also composes music for the piano. Her publications (The Circus Collection, The Ringmaster, Seasonal Moments and Fire Dance Duo) are available at select music stores in Massachusetts. Consider becoming a fan of the AnythingPiano Publications page on Facebook!

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

- Lao Tzu

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