Diane L. Winder, school director and professor of cello, has also taught double bass, music theory, aural skills, orchestration, music appreciation and music literature, as well as coached 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 Tennessee Tech University Chamber Orchestra. Early teaching posts include Tennessee Tech University (chair of strings) and private studios in Charlotte, St. Louis and Ypsilanti.
Winder regularly presents guest cello master classes and serves as orchestral clinician (Southeast Michigan Chamber Orchestra Festival and Orchestra Night in Ann Arbor). She has 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. Several summers she also performed and conducted for Strings on the Bay and the Chamber Music Concert Series in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Sought after as a guest speaker, Winder has presented keynote addresses at Hillsdale College and regularly appears at the Michigan Music Conference.
As a performer, Winder has considerable solo, chamber and orchestral experience including the Knoxville (TN), as well as principal positions with the Charlotte Symphony (NC), St. Louis Philharmonic and Plymouth Symphony (MI). Additionally she appeared with summer festivals such as Aspen, Bear Valley and the Alaska Festival of Music. She has toured for 26 years throughout the South and Midwest 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. Experienced as an early music specialist – viola da gamba and Baroque cello - Winder served as instructor of viol at Florida State University and as musician and singer at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. She spent several seasons on Baroque cello with Xantippe, Orianna and the Cappuccino Quartet. For the last three seasons she has toured each fall with Salutaris.
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 Albuquerque, Atlanta, Detroit, Louisville, Providence and Salt Lake, 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, associate dean for Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and led the Advising Center for the College of Arts and Science. She has been recognized as Adviser of the Year for that department and as an outstanding faculty by the State of Michigan.