Diane Cline received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Bowling Green State University in Music Education with a concentration in French and Violin Performance. Her awards at that institution included full tuition scholarship awards for academic merit and music talent.
Diane’s first teaching position was with the Salem-Keizer Public School District as an elementary orchestra teacher. Accomplishments included nomination for Teacher of the Year from the Oregon Symphony Association, the production of a student-created original musical entitled It’s About Time, and appointment as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Salem Chamber Orchestra.
Motivated by the desire to provide equitable access to music for underserved youth, she moved to the Island of St. Lucia in 2008 to work with the St. Lucia School of Music, a nonprofit music school in the Eastern Caribbean. During her two years in St. Lucia, Diane increased enrollment in the string program from 30 students to over 225 students. In addition to her work with the St. Lucia School of Music, she served as an advisor and founding director for an El Sistema-inspired initiative of the Organization of American States, called the Marchand Youth Orchestra.
In 2012, Ms. Cline earned her Master’s of Music Degree in Music Education from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with a specialization in Arts Administration. Ms. Cline was a awarded a full teaching assistant position as well as awards from the Theodore Presser Foundation and the University of Cincinnati Graduate Student Government Association. Her degree culminated in a research study of El Sistema-inspired programs in the USA, Community Music Partnership for Social Change: Six Unique Adaptations of El Sistema in the United States of America.