Donald Gramm was born in Milwaukee where he began piano studies at eight and pipe organ at thirteen. He began studying voice at sixteen, and during his senior year in high school won the coveted first prize at the Chicagoland Music Festival. He then began a four-year scholarship at the Chicago Musical College. He won the Oliver Ditson award three times and was granted a Paul Lavalle Scholarship, the largest given by the National Federation of Music Clubs. This prize led to repeated appearances on the Chicago Theatre of the Air. Twelve years ago Gramm made his debut with the New York City Opera Company, and has been heard since with the Metropolitan and Chicago Lyric Operas, the Washington and American Opera Societies, and the New Orleans, Santa Fe, and Miami Operas. He has created roles either in world or U.S. premieres in Martinu's The Marriage, Milhaud's Medea, Orff's The Moon, Frank Martin's Tempest, Britten's Gloriana, Offenbach's Voyage to the Moon, Handel's Joshua, and Giannini's Taming of the Shrew. Gramm also sang the world premiere of Giannini's Canticle of Martyrs and Richard Cumming's The Crowne. Gramm's appearances in the major summer concert series include the Berkshire Festival, Ann Arbor, Aspen, Bethlehem Bach, Boston Arts, Brevard, Caramoor, Cincinnati, Grant Park, Hollywood Bowl, and others. Donald Gramm is the first professional musician in his family. He is the younger of two sons of a Milwaukee High School mathematics teacher who, upon retirement at age SS, began a new career as an electrical engineer.