Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Dr. Diane L. Winder

Department Head and Professor of Cello

354 Alexander Building




D.M., The Florida State University

M.M. in Performance, Converse College

B.M. in Performance, University of the Pacific

Courses Taught

  • Applied Cello


Diane L. Winder, Professor of Cello first at Tennessee Tech University and presently Eastern Michigan University where she also serves as Department Head, has also taught double bass, music theory and aural skills. Other courses have included orchestration, music appreciation and music literature, as well as chamber music. In addition, she has served as Music Director and Conductor for the Superior String Alliance Youth String Camps, Director of the FSU String Camp, and Coordinator of Strings at Florida High. As conductor, she held that post for the FSU Youth Orchestra and the award-winning TTU Chamber Orchestra.

Winder regularly presents guest cello master classes and serves as orchestra clinician throughout Michigan and Ohio (e.g. the Southeast Michigan Chamber Orchestra Festival and Orchestra Night in Ann Arbor).  She has also conducted faculty and student chamber orchestras at EMU, presented Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with faculty and guest dancers, and worked with a professional chamber orchestra in Albania, as one of the first Western musicians in that country after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Sought after as a guest speaker, Winder has presented keynote addresses at Hillsdale College and annually appears in sessions at the Michigan Music Conference.

As a performer, Winder has considerable solo, chamber and orchestral experience including the Charlotte, NC and Knoxville, TN Symphonies, and summer festivals such as Aspen, Bear Valley, and the Alaska Festival of Music. She has toured throughout the South and Mid West with the Alexander Trio, EMU’s faculty piano trio, which has also premiered several works. Continuing an avid interest in contemporary music, she recorded works by Gregory Hamilton for Rosa Mystica.

Winder has authored articles on string pedagogy that have appeared in state ASTA publications, The Instrumentalist and the Newsletter for Marshall Music. She has presented at national ASTA conferences in Detroit, Albuquerque, Atlanta, and Louisville, and previously served as President in both Tennessee and Michigan, as well as Newsletter Editor in Tennessee. Additionally Winder has adjudicated ASTA state solo competitions in both Tennessee and Michigan.

At Eastern Winder has also held positions as Faculty Fellow for the Honors Program and Associate Dean for Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been recognized as Adviser of the Year in the College and as an outstanding teacher by the State of Michigan.

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