DIANE KETCHIE joined the music faculty of California State University, Northridge in 1999. She holds double performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in both voice and piano. Her master’s degree is from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She was then awarded a grant for a year of study at the Opernschule of the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich, Germany.
Ms. Ketchie made her New York recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall as a result of winning the Artists International annual competition. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Houston Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Long Beach Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the Wheeling Symphony, the Allentown Symphony, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, the Pasadena Pops, the California Philharmonic and the Rankweil Chamber Orchestra of Austria. Operatic credits include leading roles with Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera Delaware, Opera Carolina, Skylight Comic Opera and Treasure Coast Opera. Ms. Ketchie made her Broadway debut in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and also starred in the San Francisco production of Phantom as Carlotta, the opera diva.
An active performer, she is a frequently featured artist on Community Concert Series and in Performing Arts Centers all across the country. Ms. Ketchie is also an accomplished pianist who often performs with orchestras as a solo artist. She was recently heard as both singer and pianist on four National Public Radio broadcasts. She first performed as both singer and pianist in the premiere of ORPHEUS IN LOVE at the Circle Repertory Theater, Off-Broadway. Of her performance, Bernard Holland, critic for THE NEW YORK TIMES stated, "I can think of no one in the Broadway, popular or classical world who could do all the things she does and do them so well."