Diane B Thornton 

Vocal Instructor


"The visiting soloist, mezzo-soprano Diane Thornton, of Davidson College, could have inspired a stone to weep, so profoundly poignant was her lament for the dead in Part VI"

from  Mostly Russian Program Brightens Cary's Apitheatre, a review by John W. Lambert of a performance of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky by the Concert Singers of Cary and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, May 1, 2008

"Thornton can sing this music in her sleep, such is her familiarity with the score and Bach's style. Her performance flowed with an ingratiating ease."

Robert Workman, Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony production of Bach's Magnificat, March 19, 2000

Diane Thornton has always experienced music as an expression/celebration of life itself.  From her early childhood, the desire to sing and dance was a reaction to whatever surrounded her, be it the sound of a bird, the breeze from the ocean, the rhythms in a marching band, or the expression on someone's face.  As she grew older, she progressively connected her desire to story telling and acting.  Then came the realization that there were so many exciting elements that contribute to the story telling through music:  world history, cultures, languages, chord progressions used by composers to create "color," the process of making vocal sounds and visual communication being examples.


Her fascination with all of the elements involved in story telling through sung text not only contributed to acclaimed performances; it also contributes to her success as a vocal instructor.  She truly loves sharing her knowledge with others, be it through private voice lessons or master classes.  A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing as well as other organizations, she encourages her students to be involved in initiatives (some of which she creates) that "stretch" them personally and technically.  In addition, each student is treated with equal importance regardless of background and ability.  She is very willing to assume students who have had no training and who are eager to learn and grow as "singing storytellers."  

Diane embraces all genres of music and continues to network with professional artists with a variety of backgrounds in vocal music.  She has received noteworthy training in CCM techniques as well her extensive classical background.  Her current studio roster includes vocal students studying rock, jazz, R&B, musical theater and opera/oratorio/artsong.  She has even started to assist actors in enhancing their speech capabilities.  Please enjoy the rest of her website to get a more thorough idea of her experience.  In addition, she invites you to visit www.facebook.com/joyfulvoiceteacher for yet more perspectives on her teaching.  

To contact her, either call at 704/998-8012 or email at info@dianebthornton.com

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