Diane Owens is a unique professional who has successfully maintained three career paths: administrator, educator and professional singer. Her administrative skills have been honed in various business settings, including having been recruited to serve as office manager for Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Music. Subsequently, she has held many other administrative positions with business, nonprofit, and educational organizations in Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and Omaha.
As an educator, Diane was hired to teach at City High and South East Junior High in the Iowa City School District immediately following her undergraduate studies. Since then, she has served continuously on faculties in public schools, private schools, universities, and as a teaching artist in outreach programs throughout the nation. Presently, she is a member of Creighton University’s adjunct faculty.
Her solo engagements as a lyric coloratura soprano have included performances with major symphonies, opera companies and musical theatre companies including The Pittsburgh Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle, Utah Symphony and Opera, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, C.W. Post Opera, Civic Light Opera, and many others.
She was twice named Regional Finalist with the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, once in Cleveland and also in Toronto, Canada, and Diane was honored to receive the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Award in Voice, one of the highest honors for an artist in the state. Degrees earned include Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University, Bachelor of Music from The University of Iowa with Honors, and a Zertifikat from the Goethe-Institut in Germany.
Diane is happy to speak with current and potential Conservatory students and families about all the Conservatory has to offer, and can answer questions about current programs* and upcoming events.
*NOTE: Questions about our String Sprouts program should be directed to Alicia Armentrout, community engagement coordinator, at ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.