Diane Birr, Associate Professor, piano. D.M.A., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Indiana University Bloomington; B.S., University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Studies with Jean Barr, Marion Hall, Brooks Smith, Gwendolyn Koldofsky. Formerly, faculty, University of Northern Iowa. Collaborative performances with Doriot Anthony Dwyer, François Rabbath, Christian Lindberg, Meir Rimon, Joseph Alessi, M. Dee Stewart, and flute duo ZAWA! Faculty, International Workshops; official accompanist, International Trombone Festival, Music Teachers National Association national competitions, International Brass Congress, International Horn Society Workshop. Recordings for Liscio, Crystal Records, Houston Publishing. President, New York State Music Teachers Association, 2004–6.
In Spring 2008, Dr. Birr was in residence at the Ithaca College London Center where she taught the course "The Keyboard in London and its Role in Society". Please click on the following to see and read about what the course entailed: http://ickeyboards.blogspot.com/. In August 2011, Dr. Birr will serve as a faculty member at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO.
Diane Birr is a member of "Troica", a trio that includes Ithaca College fculty colleagues Steve Mauk (saxophone) and Kim Dunnick (trumpet). The trio draws on existing repertoire and has helped create a body of new works for this combination, including pieces by Dana Wilson, Margaret Smith, Marc Satterwhite, Peter Lawrence, Mikhail Bronner, Efrem Podgaits, and Dominick DiOrio. The group released its first CD recording this past June. In July 2010 Troica was invited to perform at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Birr currently serves on the MTNA Board of Directors as MTNA Eastern Division Director, and is a Past-President of the New York State Music Teachers Association. In June of 2012, she traveled to Berlin, Germany with School of Music Professor Brad Hougham to teach and perform. Read more about the trip here.