COMPOSER / PERFORMER / DIRECTOR / CONDUCTOR / ARRANGER / CONSULTANT
Diana Woolner (formerly Diana Hill) loves to involve herself in any project that calls for high-quality and thoughtful performance and/or leadership—as composer, director, conductor, consultant, arranger—the list continues to grow. From 2014-2016, she directed the Adult and Children’s Choir at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Queens, New York, where she was also the Cantor for non-choir services, weddings, and funerals. From 2010 to 2016 she sang most often with GHOSTLIGHT CHORUS, an elite chamber choir that maintains a rigorous calendar and showcases its varied a cappella repertoire from the 16th to the 21st centuries; in 2015, they won third prize in the 14th annual International Chamber Choir competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany. Her television directorial debut began with a position as the on-set Music Coordinator for Steven Soderbergh’s television series The Knick Seasons 1 & 2, during which she would rehearse and provide direction and guidance to actors who were either singing or using a musical instrument in a scene. Diana has performed in many of NYC’s most prestigious performance spaces, including: Symphony Space – MOMA – David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center – Issue Project Room – Roulette – The Stone – Smokey Mary’s – St. Ignatius of Antioch – The Church of Notre Dame – The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. She has performed in collaborations with numerous professional ensembles, including but not limited to: Trinity Choir – So Percussion – Debbie Gibson and James Barbour – The String Orchestra of Brooklyn – Contemporaneous – Heartbeat Opera – Experiments in Opera – Anti-Social Music.
Diana moved from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles, California in the Fall of 2016, and currently resides in the neighborhood of Los Feliz. She enjoys teaching, and is a voice and piano instructor at 88 Keys Music Academy in Arcadia, CA. Diana has an active performing schedule, performing in a myriad of vocal ensembles all over Los Angeles county, and her roles include: Staff Alto in the PACIFIC CHORALE in Orange County; Alto II Section Leader at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in the Pacific Palisades; Alto Ringer for the LARK MASTERSINGERS in Glendale; Composer/Conductor in C3LA, a Choral Composer’s Collective run by its members and dedicated to new music of the last 25 years; Alto Section Leader and Assistant Conductor for the SAN GABRIEL VALLEY CHORAL COMPANY; and Alto in ARETÉ Vocal Ensemble, a professional ensemble of vocal artists based in Thousand Oaks, CA. Seasonally, she sings with the Santa Monica Synagogue during High Holy Days, and carols with The Other Reindeer during the Christmas Season. Diana feels very privileged to have already performed in many distinguished spaces in LA, including: Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena - Wild Beast Music Pavilion, Cal Arts - Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, DTLA - Vibiana, DTLA - Oxnard Performing Arts Center - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - St Mark's Episcopal Church, Glendale - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Hollywood - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Pacific Palisades - DNJ Gallery of Bergamot Station, Santa Monica - Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church - Small Green Door, East LA.
Alongside performance, composition remains one of her favorite musical expressions. Her styles range from vocal ensembles, to electronic soundscapes, to film scores, to choreographed dance, to podcasts. Her music often has a magical quality, playing with connotation and expectation, and her vocal works are known to utilize unconventional texts. Diana embraces all forms of style, genre, instrumentation, and medium, and loves to collaborate across art forms. In 2014 Diana won the Morton Feldman Composition Award for special excellence in composition upon receiving her Masters degree from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, where she studied under the direction of composers Doug Geers, Wang Jie, and Tania León. Diana holds a B.A. from Vassar College, where she studied music composition under Suzanne Sorkin, Harold Meltzer, and Richard Wilson. As a film major there, she won the David C. Magid Memorial Prize for excellence in cinematography and film study.