Music Instructors

Summit Studios provides the highest-level performing arts training to cultivate the musicianship of students of all ages and interests. Our professional staff of teaching artists create a stimulating and nurturing atmosphere in which individuals find their own unique instrument within.

Our specialized teaching artists have been with us, on average, for 5 years and have received their degrees and training from schools such as: Boston Conservatory, Hartt, Mannes, Ithaca, UConn, Berklee School of Music, Yale, Central Connecticut State University, MET Opera Guild, University of Michigan.

Our teaching artists have affiliations with the following groups: Boston Pops, Cleveland Opera, Concora, Hartford Chorale, Opera Theatre of CT, Hartford Symphony, NYC Choral Society, Ridgefield Symphony. They have performed at many venues, including Carnegie Hall, Universal Studios, Opera Theatre of Connecticut and Natchez Music Festival.

Meet our Teaching Artists by Specialty


Meet Our Founder

Donna Schaffer

Donna Schaffer (Founder)Ms. Schaffer holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music from the University of Connecticut. She has served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Music, the Ethel Walker School, and the Young People’s Institute, as music director for C.A.S.T, INC., Rocky Hill Town Theatre, and the Little Theater of Manchester. Donna has served on the faculty of the Ensign-Darling Vocal Music Fellowship Program that is administered through the Bushnell in Hartford. She is also Director of the education program for the prestigious Natchez Music Festival in Mississippi.

Donna is an active soprano and an accomplished pianist. She has appeared as a soloist with the New York City Choral Society, The NY Women Composer’s Society, the International Dickens Society, the Lenox Summer Series, the Manchester Chorale, and the Northeast Concert Choir. Her operatic appearances include performances with the Opera Theatre of Connecticut, Crystal Opera, Opera New England, New York Opera Forum, Natchez Opera, and Manhattan Lyric Opera.