Dr. Diane Baxter
DMA - University of Oregon (Piano Performance & Music History, 1985)
Diane Baxter performs as a soloist, a chamber musician, and an orchestral pianist throughout the United States, in Canada, Japan and France. She has concertized with many internationally renowned artists, including Donald Sinta, Boris Kucharsky, Werner Tripp, and Neil Wilson. Her training is primarily from a long heritage of Hungarian piano teachers, including Bela Boszormenyi-Nagy and Gyorgy Sebok. Diane has worked recently with British pianist Paul Roberts, London-based artist Charles Owen, and Washington DC's Alon Goldstein.
Diane is currently Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department at Western Oregon University where she has received the Faculty Honors Award for Outstanding Creativity (1994) and the Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005). She is a member of the Honors Faculty and regularly teaches courses in Ethnomusicology, Women in Music, Accompanying, and Studio Piano. Diane has researched the music of the Ainu on Hokkaido in Japan, and the official music of the Virgin Islands (quelbe) in St. Thomas and St. John. Diane adjudicates for piano competitions and festivals around the northwest, and is the Principal Keyboard Artist for the Newport Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the Cascade Festival of Music Orchestra, the Western Oregon Symphony, the Newport Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Mozart Players. Diane is a founding member of TonePoem, a trio dedicated to two-piano literature and poetry. In addition, Diane performs with the American Metropole Orchestra and has recently performed in that orchestra for Sonny Turner, Lynn Anderson, Lizz Wright Allen Toussaint. Diane's solo piano CD, Alive at Dawn, was released in 2003 by Teal Creek Records. Diane recently published an article on neuroscience and pianism (January 2012) and frequently gives workshops on performance anxiety for students and teachers.
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