Diana Owens - Oboe

"Dvorak's "Symphony No. 9: From the New World"... a remarkable second movement English Horn solo by Diana Dunn worthy of mention as one of the most spectacular solo moments of the season."

Lee Roop, The Huntsville Times, Oct. 18, 2009, Review

Diana Owens performing

Diana Dunn
Oboe and English Horn performer and teacher

Diana Dunn enjoys an exciting and varied career as the Second Oboe and English Horn player of the Atlanta Opera and Ballet Orchestras. Her positions with both orchestras began during the 2009-2010 season, commencing with the Opera's performance of The Elixir of Love and the Ballet's performance of Cinderella.

Though most of her work is in Atlanta, Diana lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she teaches private oboe lessons and substitutes with several orchestras in the area, including the Alabama Symphony. She also substitutes as principal oboe or English horn player with the Huntsville Symphony, where her performance of the English horn solo in Dvorak's Symphony No. 9: From the New World earned praise in The Huntsville Times.

Currently, Diana is accepting new oboe students in the Birmingham area. She teaches in Crestwood.

Diana, nee Owens, grew up in Harmony, Rhode Island. She completed her bachelor's degree in music performance at the Eastman School of Music in 2005, where she studied with Richard Killmer. Tired of the cold Rochester weather, she moved to Houston to earn a master's degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in 2007, where she studied with Robert Atherholt and won the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize for Best Achievement. By the time she left Houston in 2008, she was teaching 25 private oboe students in the public school system. Diana has participated in the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Banff Centre Masterclass Program, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. In June 2011, she was thrilled to participate in the Music on the Hill festival back home in Rhode Island.

New this year, Diana is thrilled to announce that she will be teaching BabySTEPs, a Suzuki Early Childhood Education music class for children ages newborn to three and their parents. You may find more information about BabySTEPs here. To register, please e-mail stepbirmingham@gmail.com.

Diana lives with her husband, cellist Andrew Dunn, and their two adorable cats, Neji and Hinata. When not making reeds, she enjoys knitting, jogging the Lakeshore Trail, listening to audiobooks during her long commute, and cooking for friends.


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