Indianapolis, IN

clarinet, piano accordion, piano, foot percussion, voice

Dianna appears on these albums

Every Wednesday Night -- The Indianapolis Ceili Band -- 2010
THIN AIR -- self titled -- 2010
Good to the Last Beat -- Coffee Zombies -- 2011
Percolatin' -- Coffee Zombies -- 2013
Mad MacDonald - il Troubadore - 2015
These are the Songs You're Looking For - il Troubadore - 2017
Live - il Troubadore - 2017
Indiana University – Masters of Music Performance in clarinet – 2004
Millikin University – Bachelor of Music Performance in clarinet and piano – 2002
Music in Me – early elementary education program - 2006
South Sligo Summer School – studies in Irish piano accordion – 2011
Skopje, Macedonia private studies – clarinet traditional Chalgiya music - 2013
Django in June – studies in gypsy jazz accordion and clarinet - 2014, 2016
Jazz and World Music Accordion Master Class - studies in advanced accordion - 2015
Private lessons in classical accordion - Victor Prieto - 2016
New York Jazz Academy - 2017
Accordion Craft Academy - Castelfidardo, Italy - 2017

Work Experience: 
Adjunct Faculty – Ivy Tech Community College - 2012 – present     
   - Music Appreciation courses
Private Music Instructor – 2000 – present
   - Private lessons - clarinet, piano, flute, accordion, voice, bass, and music theory
   - Home studio, Midwest School of Music, Bishop Chatard HS, A-Chord Music, Millikin  
     University Preparatory Department
Folk musician – educator and performer – 2010 – present
      - Performs international dance music, eastern European songs and tunes
      - Teaches private lessons in world music styles    
      - Master classes and workshops in community singing and improvisation
Creative Renewal Fellowship - Indianapolis Arts Council 2017-2018
Indiana Arts Commission Arts in the Park 2016 and 2017 Grant Recipient
Indiana Arts Commission Individual Arts 2017 Grant Recipient
Consultant/Coach/Guest Speaker – DePauw University – 2014 - 2015
    –  Music coach; lecture on “How to create your own music career
Indianapolis Women’s Chorus accompanist – 2007 - 2014
Piano Accompanist and Soloist – 1993 – present
      - Weddings, contests, events, conferences, and musicals
      - Bishop Chatard HS choir accompanist – 2008 – 2010
      - Indiana University student accompanist - 2004
Church pianist – 2000 - present     
   - Sacred Path UU, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, Westminster  
     Presbyterian Church, Long-Creek Methodist Church, and United Church of Christ
Music Director – Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis – 2008- 2012
      - Direct and instruct adult choir, arrange music and lead praise band
      - Recruit and coordinate volunteer and paid musicians in wide variety of styles
      - Study and incorporate music from international sources and diverse sacred music
Technical Editor – Clarinet for Dummies, Wiley Publishing – 2010
Judge – Prelude Competition, Butler University – Collaboration category – 2009
Director of School Programs, Indianapolis, IN (2005)
      - Midwest School of Music - recruit and establish lessons at area schools

Volunteer Work:
Music consultant and live music event organizer - Naptown Stomp (2016 - present)
Music Booker - Indy Contra Dance (2014 - present)
Gypsy Jazz Jam - founder and leader, monthly music jam (2014-present)
Board Member and President – Indy Contra Dance (2010-2016)
THIN AIR – Improvisation ensemble – street performances, social justice events, churches (2008-present)

Principal Teachers:
Eli Eban, Indiana University; William King, Solomon Baer, Judith Mancinelli, Millikin University; George Silfies, St. Louis Symphony; Stephanie Owen, Lebanon, IL; Declan Payne and Brenda O’ Callaghan, Sligo, Ireland; Bajsa Arifovska, Skopje, Macedonia; Dallas Vietty, Easton, Pennsylvania; Victor Prietor, New York, NY; Giacomo Smith, London, England, Elke Ahrenholz-Breccia, Castelfidardo, Italy

Styles Played:
classical, jazz, folk, Irish, French-Canadian, Scottish, Romani (gypsy), gypsy jazz, contra, Balkan, Russian, swing, old-time, French, contemporary, rock, West African, improvisation, South American, pop, and music theatre 

Awards, Honors: 
Competed and won Millikin University’s Aria and Concerto Competition on both piano      and clarinet - First student to ever win on two instruments in one year, 2001
Competed and won Millikin’s University Bands Concerto Competition on clarinet, 2000
Alice Herren Ayars piano award, Millikin University, 2000, 2001
Winifred St. Clair Minturn Award – Awarded to a senior selected for excellence in
      performance and contribution to the musical life of Millikin University, 2002
Wilma Moffett Award – outstanding keyboard player, Millikin University, 2002
Dr. Russell Tiede Award – outstanding Millikin senior instrumental music student,2002
Presser Scholarship - For an outstanding music major at the end of their junior year
      based on excellence and merit, Millikin University, 2001
Outstanding musician by Pi Kappa Lambda, honor music fraternity, 1999, 2000

Indianapolis Traditional Dance and Music GroupSigma Alpha Iota, professional music fraternity for women
Pi Kappa Lambda, honor music fraternity for excellence in musicianship and scholarship
Indianapolis Museum of Art
WFYI - Indy's NPR station