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 recently retired from Broadalbin-Perth Central School District where he taught piano and  general music and conducted five choral groups.  Mr. McGarvey teachs piano and currently  has availability in his Scotia piano studio for new students.  He may be contacted at  Although Mr. McGarvey retired from the CDYC teaching staff in 2018 he has graciously agreed to  accompany our ensembles.  We are extremely grateful for his continued involvement with CDYC.

Lynn Reynolds Makrin

Lynn Reynolds Makrin, an alumna of SCCCCC (now CDYC) is a choral music educator who has been part of the CDYC teaching staff since 2007.  Mrs. Makrin is a graduate of Westminster.Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and Rutgers University where she earned a Master of Music in Music Education and did further study at the Kodaly Institute at Capital University, Columbus, OH. She is a certified Kodaly Music Educator and completed a summer study program at the Kecskemet Kodaly Institute in Hungary.  Lynn is a graduate of Linton High School, Schenectady, where she studied extensively with Diane Warner.    Prior to joining the CDYC Staff Lynn taught at the Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, NJ, The Little Red School House in Manhattan, and with Cantigas Women’s Choir of Hoboken and the Voorhees Women’s Choir at Rutgers University.  Recently, she taught in the Greater Johnstown School District where she was awarded a McCarthey-Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grant for collaborating a Critical Friends Group.  Mrs. Makrin currently teaches Grade K-5 including Elementary Chorus in the Gloversville Enlarged School District.  Mrs. Makrin currently teaches Grade K-5 including Elementary Chorus in the Gloversville Enlarged School District.  As a certified NSRF Critical Friend Group Coach she continues her teacher leadership work with a Critical Friend Group in her new district.   Mrs. Makrin serves as an Elder in the First Reformed Church of Scotia and is an award winning quilter. She lives in Niskayuna with her husband and two children. 

Karen Houlahan
Music Instructor

Karen Houlahan is a graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia and has taught at Maple Avenue Middle School in the Saratoga Springs City School District since 2008.  Karen is certified in Levels I and II of Orff-Schulwerk Music Teacher Training from the Eastman School of Music and earned a Master’s Degree with a focus on Teacher Leadership.  In addition to teaching general music and chorus, she directs the Maple Avenue Select Chorus, adjudicates NYSSMA Solo Festivals, serves as music director for the musical club, and directs the Saratoga Children’s Chorus.  Karen is pursuing National Board Teacher Certification, and maintains a strong choral program of over 400 singers.  She lives in Ballston Spa with her husband, Andy< and their dog, Maya.  Mrs. Houlahan is very excited to be part of the Capital District Youth Chorale