Donna Dyson is Passionate, Prolific & Professional. Donna is a globally distributed songwriter through MGM, and an APRA ASA Australian Songwriter of the Year winner.
Internationally honoured songwriter, Donna Dyson is highly sought after as a professional songwriter, collaborating co-writer, commissioned choral composer, lyricist, and children’s writer. Donna has two music labels: Spotty Kites and Dyson & Young, which are both signed globally to MGM distribution.
Contact Donna Dyson HERE to discuss her catalogue or an original composition commission.
Donna is the NATIONAL AMBASSADOR FOR VISION AUSTRALIA and an awarded APRA_ASA AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR. Donna’s partnerships with leading Australian and international organisations and artists are testament to her talent, professionalism and commitment to creative excellence. Roles include: Creative Director with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for the Symphony for Tomorrow project, academic mentor for the Queensland Ballet dancers, and Composer-in-Residence for Brisbane Sings.
If you need music, an inspiring speaker, mentor or consultant then contact Donna Dyson.
Donna Dyson in the News
Donna Dyson launched her label Spotty Kites with Australian award winning songs featuring varying Australian artists and instrumentalists from the QSO. Spotty Kites has enjoyed being number 1 many times on the Australian iTunes charts. Spotty Kites is available on all streaming platforms and services.
The label Dyson & Young is the powerhouse of co-writing partners Donna Dyson and Craig Allister Young. Their chance meeting led to collaborations, projects and compositions and many awards. These works feature within their adult contemporary and chorale music label. Donna and Craig specialise in ballads, Christmas music and themed chorale pieces. Craig is also an arranger and cellist for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Symphony for Tomorrow - Queensland Symphony Orchestra Project.
Nominated for a 2019 APRA ART AWARD, this Queensland Symphony Project forged significant partnerships with schools, gifted instrumentalists, choirs and songwriters alike. The final Qld Symphony Orchestra concert in Cairns was performed to an appreciative standing ovation of 4000 strong. Donna was one of three Creative Directors of this project.
“It was magnificent seeing these selected students blossom through the Symphony For Tomorrow team. Many students are reaching their music dreams and will one day be our colleagues."
Australian Songwriting National Awards:
The APRA –ASA: Australian Songwriting Association Awards shortlisted Donna and a selection of her prolific cowriters for 23 nominated songs. Donna and Co-Writer Damien Leith are previous Australian Songwriters of the Year Winners. Donna’s children’s label Spotty Kites is being highly recognised in the industry and is shortlisted again in 2019. Along with this, Donna’s expansive nominations and awards were honoured through the prestigious Rudy Brandsma award in 2018 for her prolific contribution to songwriting. Stay tuned for late October 2019 when this year’s national awards are announced.
For the sixth year running, Donna Dyson was honoured to be the Composer in Residence Brisbane Sings 2019 at QPAC Concert Hall (QLD).
The beautiful co-written ballad “Butterfly” was internationally debuted by Soprano Nina Wildman.
“It has been my honour to compose new works for Brisbane Sings. Uniting voices is a powerful force linking communities, hearts and music for the betterment of all. Brisbane Sings is a sea of joy!”
"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)
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.
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.
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.
AUSTRALIAN SONG OF THE YEAR- APRA-ASA
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, returning to Australia to win the Song of the Year. Buy your copy by clicking on the blue button above. Choral and orchestra scores can be licensed by contacting Donna.
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 the "Spirit Of Australia" performed at Prague's Smetanas Concert Hall Czech Republic.
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 four 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 album.
The dynamic songwriting team of Donna Dyson and Damien Leith hold a prolific catalogue, crossing various genres. The highly awarded duo have been awarded the Australian Song and Songwriters of the Year award by APRA ASA. Click the link above to listen to Damien chat about their partnership.
CoWriting team Donna Dyson and Tyrone Noonan
Donna and Tyrone are a prolific and diverse partnership: Walk For You, Utopia , Black Dog, Music Is For All, Once Again, Truth just to name a few are UTOPIA performed nationally and internationally by Tyrone. Their projects span the next few years, so watch this space!
Tyrone Noonan's writing diversifies from Jazz, Soul, Funk, to Contemporary Rock and the frontman of legendary band, George.You can learn more about Tyrone here: www.tyronenoonan.com
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.