Violin & Viola Instructor - Preparatory Division
Diane Worthey has been teaching the violin and viola to all ages of student for the past 30 years. For the last 18 years, she has taught a studio of Suzuki violin/viola students in Pullman, WA. Before moving to the Palouse in 2001, Diane taught public school orchestra programs in the states of California, Michigan and Iowa. A native of Denver, Colorado, Diane holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of Wyoming, where she studied under Brian Hanly, Australian violinist and student of Josef Gingold. While at UW, Diane was a recipient of several music scholarships, including a scholarship from Hollywood film score composer, Walter Scharf.
Diane’s Suzuki method training includes studying with master teachers Shigetoshi Yamada, Geri Arnold, Daphne Hughes, Liz Arbus, Carol Smith and Doris Preucil. Previous performance experience includes performing in the Santa Cruz Symphony (California), the Jackson Symphony (Michigan), the Dubuque Symphony (Iowa) and the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra (UK). Diane currently performs in the Washington-Idaho Symphony, the Palouse String Quartet, and the Harmonia String Trio.
Diane is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Suzuki Association of Washington State. In addition to registering teacher training under master teachers with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Diane is a contributing author to the Suzuki Association of the Americas Journal. She has served as Graduation Coordinator for the Suzuki Association of Washington State.
Diane is also an author of children's books that celebrate the Arts. Her debut picture book, In One Ear And Out The Other: The Amazing Life Of Antionia Brico about the first woman to conduct the Berlin and New York Philharmonic orchestras will be published in Fall 2020 by Penny Candy Books. (OK, GA). Diane played in Dr. Brico’s orchestra as a teenager, and is delighted to bring Antonia’s story of grit and perseverance to young audiences.
Diane believes that all children deserve an education in the arts, and much can be accomplished with hard work, perseverance and love of our craft. The arts give us our humanity, which is the core reason why Diane became a musician, teacher and author.