Member of the Year
About Donna Guillaume
Donna Guillaume, a native of Kentucky, earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Northern Kentucky University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree (Choral and Instrumental K - 12) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been an independent piano teacher for over 40 years and has played piano for her church for over 30 years.
In addition to teaching private piano lessons, she has taught elementary music in public schools. Her husband, Phillip, being a military bandsman and relocating frequently, afforded her the opportunity to teach in a number of different locations: Kentucky, Georgia, Washington State, and Hampton, Virginia. In the Hampton School District, she helped develop the music curriculum for grades kindergarten through fifth. She also co-directed in the annual city-wide elementary honors music program each year of her tenure in Hampton.
In 1998, Phillip was transferred to Yokota Air Base in Japan, and Donna had many unique opportunities in teaching music and English to students there.
In 2002, she and her husband returned to the States and settled in O'Fallon,Illinois. That same year Donna joined the Gateway Arch East MTA. She served as librarian, vice president, and president in the Gateway Arch East Chapter. In 2008-2009, she was named Member of the Year for the GAE Chapter.
She moved from Illinois in 2015 and retired from teaching, after her husband retired from the Air Force. They currently reside in Kansas. Though "retired" from teaching, Donna is teaching piano to five of her grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old and continues to play piano for her church.