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Diana Golden

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M., Cello Performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.A. in English, Cornell University; M.A. in Cello Performance, Royal Academy of Music; D.M.A. in Cello Performance, Rutgers University; Suzuki Certification, Newton Suzuki School, Ithaca Suzuki Institute
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2018
Born in: Barnstable, MA

Performances and Distinctions: Diana Golden has most recently performed on chamber music concert series with the Red Door Chamber Players, Bushwick Chamber Concerts, Music and More, Union City Chamber Players, and Standing Room Only. The founder and Artistic Director of the Firebrand Concerts Series, Diana has also participated in chamber music festivals including Killington Music Festival in Vermont, Musicorda, and Italian summer music festivals Zephyr and Musica Lozzo.

Performing in Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall of Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, NYU’s Skirball Center, Davies Symphony Hall, St. David’s Hall and other renowned venues, Diana has worked with ensembles such as the Albany Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Symphony by the Sea, Utica Symphony, Catskill Symphony, Cape Symphony Orchestra, and Binghamton Philharmonic. Dr. Golden has performed throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, California, and the United Kingdom.

Diana’s recent projects have included performances at the Colburn School of Music, and Montreal’s Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec, followed by recording an album of Haitian cello music in June of 2018. Her article “Staging the Nation Through Mizik Savant: Art Music of the Haitian Diaspora” will appear in Fall 2018 issue of The Journal of Haitian Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2. Her awards include a Hill and Hollow Artist Residency, John Baker Career Development Award, Sir Stapley Educational Trust Award, and a Bursary Award from the Royal Academy of Music.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Diana's teaching draws from a variety of experiences working with beginners to advanced students at universities, public and private schools, as well as after school and Suzuki- and El Sistema-based programs. She has taught students ages 4-75 in individual and group settings, masterclasses, coaching ensembles and sectionals. Dr. Golden has previously taught cello and coached chamber music at Rutgers University as a Graduate Instructor, and at the Riverdale Country School, WHIN Music Project, Union City Music Project, Tufts University’s Applied Music Program, Open Access to Music Education for Children, Newcomer’s Academy, Belmont Saturday Morning Music Program, Lincoln & Lexington Public Schools, BASICS Music Is Instrumental, Four Strings Academy, Vibo Music Center, and privately. She has also given masterclasses and served as a Guest Teaching Artist for the École de Musique Dessaix-Baptiste in Jacmel, Haiti. She completed a Licentiate of Teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and has received Suzuki teacher training.