Diane Abrahamian is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she received her BM and MM in Music Education with a focus on Voice, Piano and Conducting. Diane is a five-time nominee for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award and has been selected as a Quarter-finalist, as well as a Semi-Finalist (recognized as one of the top 25 music educators in the United States). The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra also recognized Diane’s contributions to music education with the Outstanding Music Educator Award.
Diane is on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School where she is a Sr. Associate Voice Instructor and a specialist in Jazz and Contemporary music. Diane was an adjunct Professor in the Musical Theatre Department at Nazareth College from 2016 – 2018. She is a frequent guest conductor for state and all-county choirs (traditional and jazz) and presents workshops on vocal jazz, improvisation, vocal technique, choral rehearsal techniques and sight singing. From September 1981 – June 2016, Diane was the Vocal Music Director at Penfield High School where she conducted the PHS Chorale, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Factory and Uptown Express (men’s choir), taught four levels of Voice Classes and was the Vocal Music Director for the musical theatre productions. Diane was also the Vocal/Classroom Music Coordinator for the Penfield Central School District. Diane’s choirs have been invited to perform at local, state and national music conferences.
Several of Diane’s students and Jazz Choirs received Downbeat magazine’s prestigious Downbeat Awards for outstanding performances. Diane’s voice students have been finalists in the American Songbook Competition and the Jimmy Awards for Musical Theatre. Diane and her students have performed with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Jon Hendricks, Regina Carter, Eddie Daniels, Darmon Meader, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, Terell Stafford, Russell Malone, Kevin Mahogany, Jeff Tyzik, Jake Shimabukuro, Stefon Harris, Claudia Acuna, James Carter, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, and Wycliffe Gordon. Many of Diane’s former students are performing professionally in the field of musical theatre, jazz, opera and contemporary pop music. One of Diane’s former students has performed regularly with Bette Midler as one of Bette’s Harlettes (backup singers). Many others have performed in shows on Broadway and in Broadway touring companies including Kinky Boots, Rent, The Color Purple, The Wedding Singer, Legally Blonde, Jekyll and Hyde, White Christmas, Xanadu, 42nd Street, Dogfight, Million Dollar Quartet, Civil War, Ragtime, Grease, Company, How to Succeed In Business, Stand By Your Man, The Wild Party, Flashdance, The Sound Of Music, Hairspray Live, Once On This Island, Fiddler On The Roof, and Come From Away.
Diane is the Vocal Jazz Review Editor for The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) publication, The School Music News. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), National Association for Music Education (NAFME), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Jazz Educator Network (JEN) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).