CDYC Staff

Diane Brennan Warner (

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.

Lynn Reynolds Makrin (

CDYC Assistant Director

Lynn Reynolds Makrin, began singing with SCCCCC (now CDYC) at age 8. Now Assistant Director, Mrs. Makrin is a choral music educator who has taught with CDYC formally since 2007. Mrs. Makrin is graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ; Rutgers University where she earned her Master of Music in Music Education; and The Kodály Institute at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a certified Kodály Music Educator. Her education led her to study for a summer in Hungary at the Kecskemét Kodály Institute. Mrs. Makrin has worked with the Cantigas Women's Choir of Hoboken and the Voorhees Women's Choir of Rutgers University. Prior to college, however, she was raised in Schenectady, NY, and participated and studied in the choirs of Diane Warner at Linton High School. Mrs. Makrin began her teaching career at the Mustard Seed School of Hoboken, NJ, The Hudson School of Hoboken, NJ, and the Little Red School House of lower Manhattan. Now she teaches elementary and choral music in the Gloversville Enlarged School District and formerly in the Greater Johnstown School District both in upstate New York. Mrs. Makrin is the recipient of a McCarthey-Dressman Education Foundation Teacher Development Grant for her collaborative work developing a Critical Friends Group between her public school districts. Mrs. Makrin serves as an Elder at the First Reformed Church of Scotia, NY and is studying to become a Preaching Elder in the church community. Mrs. Makrin is an award winning quilter and an avid fan of sailboat racing. She lives in Niskayuna with her husband and two children who both sing with CDYC.

Karen Houlahan (

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.

Elizabeth Tetlak (

CDYC Music Instructor