DONNA ISAACS
Director, Children’s Christmas Choir

Music is in Donna Isaacs’ blood. At the age of seven, she sang with the Damascus (Maryland) Community Band. In fifth grade she began playing saxophone and played with the Browningsville Cornet Band, begun by her grandfather and consisting of many family members. She vividly remembers winter evenings after dinner, playing saxophone, while her mother played piano and her brother played the clarinet.

Inspired by the band and choral directors at her high school, Donna earned a B.S. degree in Music Education at Frostburg University, subsequently traveling to Hawaii to join her husband, Skip, at Barbers Point Coast Guard Air Station. There she took her first teaching assignment in an elementary school at Wheeler Air Force Base that had never had a music program, quickly learning to play ukulele after discovering 30 of them in her classroom.

Returning to Maryland after Skip’s tour of duty, Donna spent the next 30 years teaching elementary music for Frederick County Public Schools, while also raising
a family and taking graduate level music classes at University of Maryland, Towson University, and Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Over the years, Donna has made time to serve her local church as organist/choir director, handbell ringer, and committee member. She sang with the NCC for 11 years and currently serves on the Golf Tournament Committee. She and Skip have been married 46 years and have two sons and two grandsons.