APRA ASA 2016 Australia Songwriter of the Year Donna Dyson is Passionate, Prolific & Professional
Internationally recognised and nationally award-winning songwriter, Donna Dyson is highly sought after as a professional songwriter, collaborating co-writer, commissioned choral composer, lyricist, and children’s writer. Emotional, fun and sensitive lyricism is her speed and strength, based on her academic, education and authoring background. Donna’s partnerships with leading Australian and international artists are testament to her talent, professionalism and commitment to creative excellence.
Contact Donna Dyson HERE to discuss her catalogue or an original composition commission.
Donna is the NATIONAL AMBASSADOR FOR VISION AUSTRALIA AND THE APRA_ASA AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR. Her professional background finds her in demand as a mentor within the professional arts sector such as the Queensland Ballet. If you need music, an inspiring speaker, mentor or consultant then contact Donna Dyson
Donna Dyson in the News
Donna Dyson & Damien Leith named APRA-ASA AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITING ASSOCIATION "AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR 2016"
Donna & Damien were deeply honoured to be awarded the nations top Songwriting award on December 14th, 2016.
Longstanding cowriters with an incredible track record, the two were overwhelmed at this top industry acknowledgement.
"We love to communicate and connect with others through our music. We are over the moon and so very honoured to be named the Australian Songwriters of the Year", Donna shared.
Also awarded was:
APRA ASA "AUSTRALIAN" SONG OF THE YEAR 2016
SPIRIT OF AUSTRALIA
DONNA DYSON & DAMIEN LEITH.
Other songs awarded:
By Donna Dyson & Wil Hughes.
LET YOU GO
By Donna Dyson & Damien Leith
By Donna Dyson & Damien Leith
Sydney 102.5 FM In Conversation: Feature Artist Donna Dyson
Fine Music 102.5 presenter Michael Morton-Evans welcomes Donna Dyson to his feature program In Conversation. They chat candidly about Donna’s childhood, professional breadth of Education and Lecturing and delight in her achievement in music against all odds of being legally blind.
For the third year running, Donna Dyson is honoured to be the Composer in Residence Brisbane Sings August 6th, 2017 at QPAC Concert Hall.
Last year three new compositions were launched:
Spirit of Australia© Dyson Leith
Eternal Love© Dyson, Leith, Hughes
I Have a Dream© Dyson, Allister-Young
Special thanks to The Glennie School Choir; More Than Words; and finally, The 7 Sopranos, David Kidd and 650 choral voices who premiered Donna’s new songs.
"Donna approaches her art with sensitivity and warmth and it shines through her beautiful music. It is a joy and privilege to sing and perform her music. We look forward to singing her divine music again in the future."
- MS TARITA BOTSMAN - CREATIVE DIRECTOR (THE 7 SOPRANOS)
AUSTRALIAN SONG OF THE YEAR- APRA-ASA 2016
Spirit of Australia© Donna Dyson and Damien Leith, performed by Damien Leith, is available for download NOW. This Australian anthem birthed it’s International debut in Vienna and Prague in 2016 returning to Australia and premiered at Brisbane Sings. Buy your copy by clicking on the blue button above. Choral and orchestra scores can be licensed by contacting Donna directly through this website in 2017.
Click the link above to watch the news feature! Donna Dyson was commissioned by The Glennie School composing the feature song "Spirit Of Australia" performed at the Summa Cum Laude International Festival in Vienna, Austria. The choir performed this piece in Italy, Vienna and Prague during the tour. Donna was honoured to personally hear the choir performing.
Click the link above to watch ABC's David Iliffe who created an inspirational feature story on Donna Dyson's journey of creativity and resilience.
Spirit of Australia was written by Donna Dyson and Damien Leith.
Click the link above to watch the "Spirit Of Australia" performed at Prague's Smetanas Concert Hall!
Spirit of Australia© - Donna Dyson, Damien Leith
Click on the link above to read the two page feature on Donna Dyson which was printed in regional Saturday papers from far north Queensland to southern NSW. A story of resilience and creativity in the face of adversity.
Donna has experienced an exceptional past three years being mentored by the best. Rick Price has not only greatly influenced Donna's compositions, but shared his stage with her as they sang the beautiful "You Are Not Alone" as a duet, from Rick's new 'Tennessee Sky' Album at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
The prolific songwriting team of Donna Dyson and Damien Leith had 18 shortlisted nominations in the top 30 Australian songs in the national songwriting award, winning the National APRA-ASA Song and Songwriters of the year awards. They are back in the studio recording new works. Keep up to date through FACEBOOK PAGE: Donna Dyson Music and click the link above to listen to Damien chat about their partnership.
Introducing Wil Hughes…
Donna creates with many gifted musicians and producers. Wil Hughes is one of her favourites! Together they are creating nationally award winning whirlwind songs for kids and adults alike. You can learn more about Wil Hughes here: www.wilhughes.com
New writing collaborators Donna Dyson and Tyrone Noonan
Tyrone Noonan's writing diversifies from Jazz, Soul, Funk, to Contemporary Rock and the frontman of legendary band, George.
Donna and Tyrone have just completed their new song: Walk For You & Utopia which Tyrone is presently performing in Australia. Watch out for more collaborations and new contemporary works from these edgy cowriters.
You can learn more about Tyrone here: www.tyronenoonan.com
Introducing Co-writer: Craig Allister Young (Qld Orchestra)
Craig and Donna met through her involvement in the annual Brisbane Sings productions where she has been Composer in Resident for the past two years.
The two have created new works performed by the Seven Sopranos and Tenori’s David Kidd, along with a 650 voice choir and now create and collaborate on new compositions.
Donna Dyson LOVES BALLET and mentors the exquisite and talented Queensland Ballet dancers through their studies, retirement and encourages resilience...click HERE to read more.
Donna Dyson is a National Ambassador for Vision Australia.
Due to a sudden medical diagnosis in 2012, Donna was left legally blind. She lost her sight but gained her vision and can be booked for inspirational speaking events through the contact page on this website. Donna's optimism & resilience is often shining through various promotion material for the organisation.
Donna was The Lions Club of Australia National White Cane Award recipient for Advocacy and Ambassadorship. Donna Dyson, was nominated by Vision Australia
Queensland Show Choir's Acapella group More Than Words perform Donna Dyson's Acapella arrangements. Look out for new choral and acapella music for your choir or group, coming soon to this website.
Contact Donna HERE for your choral needs or song requests.
Donna's appointment as Composer In Residence for the annual productions of Brisbane Sings, is supported by the host choir: Queensland Show Choir. Donna Dyson was appointed as the choir's Composer in Residence in 2016, continuing to support the choir's compositions in 2017.
Donna Dyson was appointed as Author in Residence for the Centenary of ANZAC and worked with schools in the Centenary District of Queensland. Donna was honoured by the Federal Member of Parliment for her contribution to this significant project.
Children all over Australia are singing Donna’s latest fun choral compositions. Make contact with Donna through this website to discuss writing for your choir, or school, or license her music for your next repertoire.
Donna has travelled the state delivering Educational Consultancy professional development sessions to early childhood education providers. Contact Donna if you would like a professional development session for your institution.
Exciting new compositions, concerts and collaborations are unfolding in 2017 with amazing artists! Take a peek at the music page photo gallery for hints!