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District vocal concert, "Guilderland Sings," set for Tuesday, May 14

May 3, 2013—The Guilderland Central School District is proud to present a District Vocal Concert on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Guilderland High School New Gym. This special evening will include the choirs from grades 4-12, directed by Guilderland vocal staff, along with special guest conductor and clinician, Diane Warner.

The concert, entitled “Guilderland Sings,” will be the culminating event of a three-day residency with Warner, who will conduct clinics and workshops with students and teachers in the choral ensembles at Farnsworth Middle School and Guilderland High School in the days preceding the event. More than 800 student-vocalists will take the stage that night to sing with their grade-level ensembles before combining together for a massed finale.

Joining the Guilderland choirs for this special event will also be the Capital District Youth Chorale (CDYC), the premier community choir comprised of singers from throughout the capital region.

“We are very excited to bring renowned conductor and clinician Diane Warner to Guilderland, to work with our students and teachers, and look forward to this inspiring musical experience,” said District Music Supervisor Lori Hershenhart.

The “Guilderland Sings” vocal concert is free and open to the public.

Guest Conductor Biography
DIANE B. WARNER (Chorus), now in her 40th year as a leading music educator in the Capital District, retired as Director of Music for the Shenendehowa Central School District in 2007. She continued directing the two auditioned High School East choirs as a part-time teacher for three years after her retirement. She taught elementary vocal music in Scotia-Glenville and Schenectady City Schools, and was an adjunct instructor at Schenectady County Community College.

Warner directed five choirs and was arts resource teacher for Schenectady High School before moving to the Shenendehowa District. She is the founder of the Capital District Youth Chorale (CDYC), the premier community choir of singers ages 9-17, now in its 30th season. Her choirs earned 63 Superior ratings over 22 years at state, national and international festivals, and have performed at six NYSSMA conferences and two MENC Eastern Division conferences.

She is a certified NYSSMA vocal and choral adjudicator and a frequent choral clinician and guest conductor of All-County and Area All State choirs. In 2010 she directed the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Middle School Honors Choir at the summer NYSSMA conference. She has been a member of NYSSMA’s Urban Education Committee and Treble Chorus Manual Selection Committee. She is currently the High School Repertoire and Standards Chair for New York ACDA.

Warner has been affiliated with Albany Pro Musica, Octavo Singers, Capital Hill Choral Society, Schenectady Light Opera Company and Etude Club. She has been nominated to Who’s Who in America’s Teachers five times. She has received two GE Starr Awards and two Shenendehowa Staff Recognition awards. She received the Schenectady High School Student Government Teacher of the Year Award and the Schenectady City School District’s Teacher of the Year Award.