Born in Cutknife, Saskatchewan, Canada, Donna Gill has taught diction classes at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, New York University, and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University, where she coaches and directs the undergraduate opera workshop. Gill is a vocal coach and program administrator at the Chautauqua Institution Summer School voice program. She is the co-founder and co-director (with soprano Jane Olian) of Classical Singing and New York in June, a program for young singers and pianists, now entering its 10th season, and teaches at Academie La Roche d’Hys in Burgundy, France. From 2003-11, Gill served as associate coach for the Juilliard’s Vocal Arts Department. As an opera coach/pianist, she has worked with conductors Julius Rudel, James Conlon, John Adams, Anne Manson, Andreas Delfs, Gary Wedow, Yves Abel, Steven Osgood, Keri-Lynne Wilson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kenneth Merrill, and Ari Pelto.
Gill holds a DMA in collaborative piano from the University of Minnesota, and received her MM from Brandon University (Manitoba) and her BM from the University of Saskatchewan. She completed Professional Studies at Juilliard in collaborative piano, where her teachers included Margo Garrett, Brian Zeger, and Jonathan Feldman. She studied further with the pianists Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and Rita Sloan.