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Dr. Diane Baxter

Dr. Diane Baxter

Professor, Music


Academic Honors

Faculty Honors Award for Outstanding Creativity (1994)
Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005)

Diane Baxter performs as a soloist, a chamber musician, and an orchestral pianist throughout the United States, in Canada, Japan and France. 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 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, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, and the Oregon Mozart Players.

Diane is currently Professor of Music at Western Oregon University where she has received the Faculty Honors Award for Outstanding Creativity and the Mario and Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching. She regularly teaches courses in Ethnomusicology, Graduate Research Methods, Performance Anxiety, and Studio Piano. Diane’s article on music and the brain, “The Science of Artistry: The Fourth String”, was recently published in the international journal, Clavier Companion. She is editor of The Oregon Musician, a journal for the Oregon Music Teachers Association. Dr. Baxter frequently gives workshops on performance anxiety for students and teachers, and adjudicates for piano competitions and festivals around the northwest. In March 2015 she served as principal adjudicator of 350 pianists and presented the keynote speech, “Stepping Into the Light: Advice for Performers”, for the Woodley Competition in England.