Diane Worthey has been teaching the violin and viola to all ages of students for the past twenty-five years. For the last eleven years, she has taught a full studio of Suzuki violin/viola students in Pullman, WA. Before moving to the Palouse in 2001, she taught public school orchestra programs in the states of California, Michigan and Iowa. A native of Denver, CO, Diane holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from the University of Wyoming, where she studied under Brian Hanly, noted Australian violinist and student of Josef Gingold. While there she was the recipient of several music scholarships, including a scholarship from Hollywood film score composer, Walter Scharf.
Her Suzuki method training includes studying with master teachers Shigetoshi Yamada, Geri Arnold, Daphne Hughes, Liz Arbus, Carol Smith and Doris Preucil. Performance experience includes playing in the Santa Cruz Symphony (CA) under Joann Falletta, the Jackson Symphony (MI), the Dubuque Symphony (IA) and the Lancashire Chamber Orchestra (UK).
Diane is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Suzuki Association of Washington State, and the American String Teachers Association. In addition to registering teacher training under master teachers with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Diane is a contributing author to the Suzuki Association of the Americas Journal. She has served as Graduation Coordinator for the Suzuki Association of Washington State and currently adjudicates Graduation at all levels of the Suzuki repertoire.
In the local community, Diane is a member of the Washington-Idaho Symphony, and has served as its orchestra president. She is active in teaching a full studio of violin and viola students and also coaches chamber groups for the Kairos Quartet workshop (Ellensburg,WA) and the University of Idaho Chamber Music Workshop. Her students have won gold and silver medals at Musicfest Northwest, and many have gone on to professional careers as players and teachers.