Donna grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. She began singing and playing for her church at an early age and attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she received her B.M. in Vocal Performance (and incidentally, where she met her future husband, Jon).
For several years Donna taught private voice and piano lessons and Kindermusik classes for various organizations including the preschool at JPC. In 2005 she began teaching choral music at Weaver Academy in Greensboro and recently earned her Master of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music. Donna and Jon began music ministry at JPC in the fall of 2000.
The Brothertons have four children; Kayla is working on her master’s degree in voice at UNCG. Matthew is studying psychology at Greensboro College. Michael is studying trumpet at Gardner-Webb University. Nicholas is about to graduate from GTCC Jamestown, and will study history at Greensboro College beginning this coming fall.