Donna Symons began her formal piano studies with Glen Geary in Vancouver and had further training with pianists Lee Kum-Sing, Enrica Cavallo-Gulli, Zadel Skolovsky, Michel Block, and Leonard Hokanson. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts studies at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, where she also completed her Master of Music in piano performance. Her Bachelor of Music is from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
She has recorded for CBC in Canada and PBS Television and NPR in the United States. As a chamber music pianist her extensive collaborations have included recitals with the legendary violinist Joseph Gingold, and the Audubon and Purcell String Quartets. Her participation in numerous Master Classes includes performances for acclaimed artists such as Guido Agosti, Gyorgy Sebok, Pinchas Zukerman, Isaac Stern and Ruth Laredo. Donna Symons has been active performing and teaching at summer music festivals in western Canada and the mid-west and eastern United States. She has concertized in Melbourne Australia, Western Canada, B. C. and Alberta and in Maryland, New York, Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana in the United States.
Her adjudicating has encompassed competitions and festivals throughout Canada and the United States, including the Bartok International Piano Competition. As a festival and competition adjudicator and examiner she continues to assess students throughout North America.
She has been an associate instructor at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, and a faculty member of the Vancouver Academy of Music, a member of the examining body of the USA Piano Guild and of the College of Examiners of The Royal Conservatory of Music. She currently maintains a studio in North Vancouver with her students achieving consistently high results in festivals, competitions and exams, national honours, and admission to prestigious music schools. She remains active as a consultant teacher, adjudicator, clinician, and examiner.