Donna Kerr - Bio, Awards and Honors

  • Born and raised in Buffalo, NY,  and a graduate of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, SUNY at Buffalo, B.A. and Buffalo State College ,M.S.Ed.,  Donna Kerr has performed and directed throughout the Western New York area.  For over 25 years, she has taught in the Buffalo Public Schools as an English, Theatre and Music Educator.  Ms Kerr is the Band Director at City Honors School for grades 5-12. Ms. Kerr is a member of the Erie County Music Educators Association, New York State School Music Association and the National Association for Music Education. She serves on the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education and Curriculum Committee and Community Spotlight Program which features and hosts performances and educational opportunities for young musicians.  She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame as a liaison to the community for educational programs, scholarship and performs as a Musician Medic with her vocal group, The Buffalo Dolls. 

    Ms. Kerr was part of the winning directing team for the Shea's Performing Arts Center Kenny Award in 1995  for Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts production, The King and I and City Honors School 2008 production, Children of Eden. She is now a member of the Shea's Theatre Education Program and a judge for the Kenny Awards.   In 2008, Ms. Kerr was recognized by the Coca-Cola Company as an Educator of Distinction.  She received the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Erie County Music Educators Association’s Award for Excellence in Music Education in 2015, recognized as a Top Teacher in 2017 for the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers Program, Grammy nominated for Music Educator of the Year for 2017 and a Grammy Legacy nominee for Music Educator of the Year for 2018.

Donna Kerr and CHS Alumni Class of 2013

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