Donna Wissinger is an internationally recognized concert flutist and arts consultant. Her work is based on the premise that learning is an affair of the heart as well as the mind, and that the arts are an essential component of inspired life-long learning. Ms. Wissinger is a principal of Creative Leaps International, a premier Florida and Southern Arts Federation Touring Artist, and engaged as an Artist-in-the Schools nationwide. She is the inaugural recipient of the Doris Leeper Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Donna Wissinger is featured on the roster for the South Carolina Arts Commission.
Flutist/storyteller Donna Wissinger performs family-friendly concert programs and residencies that dazzle and educate audiences of all ages. Communities throughout the US are thrilled by her award-winning K-12 educational programs that conclude with entire families coming together for evenings featuring her virtuosic playing and storytelling in recital or in concert with their symphony orchestra or high school ensembles. Donna “makes every audience feel a part of the performance. Students and teachers are still talking about and learning from the programs; this was by far the best and most exciting residency we have ever had.”
Donna’s educational activities provide programming for preK-12 students: The Pied Piper and Other Fantastic Tales; Myths, Legends, and Fables; The World Turned Upside Down: Music and Stories of the American Revolution, and Beowulf: A tale of Courage and Honor. Each program includes several strands of the Sunshine State Standards.
Ms Wissinger worked with over 632 students and teachers at West DeFuniak Elementary and Maude Saunders Elementary schools presenting:
The Pied Piper and other Fantastic Tales, Music for Learning and Literacy
Magic happens in the hearts and minds of teachers and students when learning is joyful, attention rapt and everyone is eager for more. In The Pied Piper and other Fantastic Tales, flutist and storyteller Donna Wissinger draws children into a musical world of active listening and imaginative thinking. Weaving a piper’s spell with her golden flute she mesmerizes students with her stories of galloping horses, legendary heroes of bow and arrow, and myths from far away lands and secret wardrobes, all while teaching science, mathematics, social studies and language arts.
16 State Standards plus the intangible of awe! Lessons learned: Music, language and dramatic arts, science, mathematics and social studies
Flutist Donna Wissinger has been hailed as a dynamic international star whose concerts include acclaimed recitals on the mainstages of Carnegie Hall and the renowned Glinka Capella. Recital tours have included Europe, Asia and the USA, as well as a highly successful tour throughout several republics of the former Soviet Union. Audiences are captivated by her beautiful and communicative playing, her charismatic stage presence, and her obvious love and enthusiasm for her art.
Donna Wissinger is the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Doris Leeper Award for Excellence in Arts Education. She has been a premier artist on the rosters of the Florida State Touring Program; The New York based Learning Arts; the Southern Artist Registry and numerous Arts Councils nationwide. Donna is a USPTA tennis professional and long distance runner. Her bicycle/flute performance tour of 2000 miles and 82 concerts from NYC to Miami was featured on the National Geographic Channel.