CDYC Staff

Diane B. Warner
Artistic Director
Diane B. Warner retired as the Director of Music for the Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park, NY. Mrs. Warner previously taught in Scotia-Glenville, Schenectady City Schools and served as an adjunct instructor at Schenectady County Community College.

Mrs. Warner earned her B.Mus from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania where she was nominated to Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society). She earned her MS in Music Education from the College of St. Rose and has done further graduate study at Westminster Choir College, Saratoga-Potsdam Choral Institute, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Mrs. Warner is a certified NYSSMA vocal and choral adjudicator and a frequent choral clinician and conductor of All-County and Area All State Choirs. She served as the NY ACDA Repertoire and Standards chair for high school choirs, as well as serving as the chair for NYSSMA's Women's Choir and Treble Choir Music Selection Committee and the Urban Education Committee. She is a certified NYSSMA vocal and choral adjudicator.

Mr. Warner has been affiliated with Albany Pro Musica, the Octavo Singers, Capital Hill Choral Society, Schenectady Light Opera Company, and the Etude Club. Her many awards include five nominations to Who's Who in America's Teachers, two General Electric Starr Awards, two Shenendehowa staff recognition awards, the Schenectady High School Government Teacher of the Year award, and the Schenectady City School District's Teacher of the Year Award.

James McGarvey

Assistant Conductor
James McGarvey, a well-known area pianist, accompanist, teacher, composer and arranger began the study of music at age six. He attended the Eastman School of Music and the College of St. Rose, where he received an MS in music education. Mr. McGarvey has been active in this area for over 40 years and has performed as accompanist with many of the area's soloists and choral groups. Jim teaches piano, general music and directs five choruses for Broadalbin-Perth Central School, as well as teaching piano privately. He is also currently at work on a biography of America composer Howard Hanson.

Lynn Reynolds Makrin

Music Instructor
Lynn Reynolds Makrin is an alumna of SCCCCC (now CDYC) and a graduate of Linton High School, Schenectady, where she studied extensively with Diane Warner. Her choral education continued at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and she was graduated from Rutgers University where she earned her Masters Degree. A Kodaly music educator, Mrs. Makrin taught at the Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, NJ, The Little Red School House in Manhattan and with Cantigas and the Vorhees Women's Choir. Mrs. Makrin is thrilled to be home with her husband Keith and her children Katherine and Ryan. She enjoys teaching music for CDYC, substituting in area school districts, and is an award-winning quilter, Mrs. Makrin also derives pleasure from teaching quilting at The Joyful Quilter in Glenville.

Cory Moon

Music Instructor
2016 - 2018

Cory Moon 
is an alumni of the Empire State Youth Chorale and Capital District Youth Chorale (CDYC) from the quaint village of Schaghticoke, NY. Mr. Moon is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he earned his BM in Music Education with a concentration in Voice. While completing his degree, Mr. Moon was a regular performer, conductor, director, and accompanist for his classmates and colleagues. Most recently, Mr. Moon was appointed as the High School Choir Director at the Hudson City School District where he directs two choirs, a select performing ensemble, teaches two levels of general music classes, as well as directs and music directs the annual spring musical. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, visiting family in Kansas and New Mexico, exploring local nature trails, and spending time with his family, friends, and pets.