Donna Lim

Donna Lim

Donna Lim (Violin, viola) received her Suzuki teaching certificate from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She is presently teaching at the Suzuki Music Studio of San Francisco and is the conductor of the Cadet and Senior Orchestras for the Golden Gate Philharmonic. Donna founded the Round Valley Strings and was its director for 17 years. Besides maintaining a violin/viola studio, she has taught kindergarten for 17 years as well as middle school orchestra for 8 years. She has been honored to be in the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1991 and 1994. She is also included in the Who’s Who Among American Women for 2010-2011 and Who’s Who in America starting in 2012 until the present, culminating in the Who’s Who in America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. Other musical accomplishments include president of the Suzuki Music Association of California, director of the Northern California Suzuki Institute since 1993, editor of the International Suzuki Journal, teacher at the Dominican University Suzuki program, co-founder and director of a concert series—Music in Round Valley. She has been a registered teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas since 1985. She is currently playing viola with the Symphony Parnassus and has played violin for the Mendocino Music Festival, Cal Performances and has sung in the soprano section of the San Francisco Bach Choir.

Short bio of Donna’s non-musical life include: EMT/Firefighter 1985-1993; becoming the first female president of a fire department in Mendocino County in California. She also has two Fireman of the Year Awards (1989 and 1991). She was a member of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team—CA6 from 1994-2014, as well as being a founding member of Homeland Security. Aside from practicing and playing in a string quartet, she tends her small victory garden and does agility with her dog.

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