Diane Brennan Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CDYC Founder and 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.
Karen Houlahan (email@example.com)
CDYC Music Instructor
Karen Houlahan is a graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia and has taught in the Saratoga Springs City School District since 2008, currently at Saratoga Springs High School. 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 directing three choirs at Saratoga Springs High School, Karen also adjudicates NYSSMA Solo Festivals, prepares students for All-County and All-State Choirs, and prepares and accompanies over 50 students for NYSSMA Solo Festival.
Karen loves cooking, baking, spending time with family, and traveling. She lives in Ballston Spa with her husband, Andy, their son, Reid, and their dog, Maya.
Mrs. Houlahan has been a part of the Capital District Youth Chorale since 2018 and loves working with the singers, staff, parents, and board members.