Diane Brennan Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CDYC Founder & Director Emeritus (Retired 2023)
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 Assistant Director
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 I of Orff-Schulwerk Music Teacher Training from the Eastman School of Music and earned a master's degree with a focus on Teacher Leadership. Additionally, she seeks out additional graduate courses, most recently Vocal Pedagogy for Choral Conductors & Voice Teachers from the Eastman School of Music.
In addition to directing the choirs at Saratoga Springs High School, Karen prepares students for All-County, Area All-State, Conference All-State Choirs, prepares and accompanies more than 50 students for NYSSMA Solo Festival, and brings her choirs to NYSSMA Majors. Her choirs have had the honor of being invited to perform alongside prestigious ensembles such as SUNY Schenectady Choirs, SPAC'S Festival of Young Artists, Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO), Albany Pro Musica, the Albany Symphony, and have consistently earned Superior ratings at music evaluation festivals. Karen also adjudicates NYSSMA Solo Festivals and leads professional development sessions for local educators. Mrs. Houlahan is proud to have former students pursuing music and theater degrees at Berklee College of Music, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and University of the Arts.
Beyond her professional career, Karen loves cooking, baking, spending time with her family, and traveling. She lives in Ballston Spa with her husband, Andy, and their two children; Reid and Harper.
Mrs. Houlahan is proud to be a part of the Capital District Youth Chorale since 2018 and loves working with the singers, staff, parents, and board members.