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D.M., The Florida State University
M.M. in Performance, Converse College
B.M. in Performance, University of the Pacific
Dr. Diane L. Winder, professor of cello at Eastern Michigan University since 1988, is active as a recitalist and in symphonic and chamber music. The Alexander Trio, EMU's faculty piano trio, tours with repertoire from Classical through Contemporary periods. Orchestral experience includes principal positions with the Plymouth and Charlotte Symphonies, as well as the St. Louis Philharmonic. She has also played seasons with the Knoxville Symphony and at summer festivals such as Brevard, Bear Valley, the Alaska Festival of Music, and the Superior String Alliance (SSA). Additionally, Winder has performed on viola da gamba and Baroque cello. She served as instructor of viol at The Florida State University and appeared there in faculty early music ensembles. Related groups include chamber music at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival and seasons with the Cappuccino Quartet and Orianna.
Recently Winder became music director and conductor for the Young Strings Camp of SSA in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and was a founding member of both the Michigan Cello Quartet, as well as Xantippe, an historically informed trio featuring violin, cello and flute/recorder.
As a conductor, Winder has led a variety of student and faculty groups, including the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra, the award-winning Tennessee Tech Chamber Orchestra, and a professional chamber orchestra in Albania.
At EMU Winder teaches private cello and orchestration, and coaches chamber music. She is also a Faculty Associate in the University Honors Program. She has experience with courses in theory-music literature, music appreciation, and a cello-double bass techniques class, and studio double bass. She holds performance degrees from the University of the Pacific, Converse College and the D.M. from The Florida State University. While at Eastern she has been recognized as Advisor of the Year in the College of Arts and Sciences, and as an outstanding teacher by the state of Michigan. She has previously taught at Tennessee Tech. She is author of articles for state ASTA with NSOA chapters and for The Instrumentalist.
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