Diane Birr, Professor of piano, has been a faculty member at Ithaca College School of Music since 1993 where she teaches courses and lessons in collaborative piano, private piano and class piano, as well as coaches both vocal and instrumental chamber music. In Spring 2008, Diane was selected to serve as a Faculty in Residence at the Ithaca College London Center where she taught the course - "The Keyboard in London and its Role in Society". To read about the students' experiences in the course, go to: http://ickeyboards.blogspot.com/. Dr. Birr is frequently asked to serve as an adjudicator for various competitions & festivals in NYS, as well as invited to serve as master class clinician for solo piano and chamber music.
At Ithaca College, Dr. Birr also serves as Coordinator of the M.M. – Performance in Collaborative Piano degree, a new focus to the graduate performance degree instituted in Fall 2015. (For information on the M.M. – Performance in Collaborative Piano degree, click on "Documents" in the left side bar. For additional information on the Graduate Studies at Ithaca College, go to: http://www.ithaca.edu/music/admission/graduate/) Dr. Birr received collaborative piano training with Brooks Smith and Gwendolyn Koldofsky at the University of Southern California (USC), and completed her doctorate in Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Jean Barr.
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