Diana has a social justice vision that includes nurturing young musicians in inner city schools as a form of empowerment and community building. Her interest in providing necessary music education for children stems from her experience receiving music at the age of 12, where she learned to play the bassoon at her zoned middle school in Jamaica, Queens. Shortly after a year of playing the bassoon, she was accepted into the preparatory program at the Juilliard School. In 2001,Diana began her high school years at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.
Diana holds a B.M. in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she also holds course work in Music in Education. She has training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Dalcroze Institute at the Jui/liard School, and has studied privately with world wide re-known musicians.
With her extensive studies in classical music performance, she became a Teaching Artist that specializes in integrating the arts with English Language Arts and STEM Common Core Standards. She founded the music program at the Children's Aid Society C.S. 61,where she created its curriculum and teaches all its music programs. She is a Teaching Artists and a Professional Developer for Active Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL) program grades K-5 at LeAp and has facilitated its Music in Education professional development workshops at New York University. She is also a music facilitator for the Leadership Program, a community based organization that focuses on building strong leaders in classrooms/communities. She has held positions as a Teaching Artist with Pathways to Leadership, Young Audiences New York, the Mosaic School in Harlem, NY, and the Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston, MA.
Diana has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Opera Collaborative, La Filarm6nica Joven de Colombia, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Camerata New York Orchestra, MostArts Festival Orchestra, Gateway Orchestra, Noli Opera Orchestra of New York, and for the United Nations Symphony Orchestra's awareness concerts. Diana has also subbed with lmani Winds and frequently performs for Musicfor Autism. Diana is currently a freelance bassoonist and a founding Member of Altius Winds.
Diana is extremely excited to to be part of the Nation Urban Fellows class of 2017, and is certain that she will develop the skills and technique to succeed as a leader. She aspires to create her own music program where children can have free access to musical instruments, learn to communicate, become strong individuals, lead, and take pride in their music making.