Diane B Thornton 

Vocal Instructor

Curriculum Vitae

Diane Thornton

4704 Wilsham Court

Charlotte, NC  28226


704/998-8012 cell

e-mail:  info@dianebthornton.com





C u r r i c u l u m   V i t a e



Pedagogy                         Diane Thornton Vocal Studio, Charlotte, NC.

                                                                Private Vocal Instructor, August 2015-present

                                                                        Opera Carolina Vocal  Academy Affiliated Teacher

                                                                         Listed in the Vocal Instructor Directory of the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute

                                                                                *Private Voice Instruction.

                                                                                *Master classes/sessions on pre-selected vocal topics.

                                                                                *Creation of new and participation in pre-existing performance initiatives.

                                                                  Insured through CNA

                                           Davidson College, Davidson, NC.



                                                                Artist Associate in Voice, Fall 1997-July 2015.


*Vocal Coach, RSC Davidson Residency Fringe Festival student

  Infinite Variety performances in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006.

                *Music faculty advisor and vocal coach, RSC Davidson

                  Residency at Davidson College, February 2006.

                                                                                *Co-production/direction of Opera Theater Workshop, 1995-


                                                                                *Private Voice Instruction (music majors, minors, non-majors).

                                                                                *Class Voice Instruction.

                                                                                *Singing Diction Instruction (English, French, German, Italian)

                                                                                *Creator and producer of Baroquefest 2000.

                                                                                *Co-production of Liederabend recitals.

                                                                                *Organization of masterclasses offered by outside experts, including

                                                                                  the Bach Aria Group, Julianne Baird, Benton Hess,

                                                                                  Louise Toppin, Derrick Lawrence, and Toni Tupponce.

                                                                                *Participation in seminars and competitions sponsored by the

                                                                                  National Association of Teachers of Singing.

                                                                                *Creation/Development of vocal initiatives, including:

                                                                                                -An Evening of Jazz Song, performed entirely by

                                                                                                 Davidson student vocalists and instrumentalists.

                                                                                                -Mississippi God Damn!, a lecture-recital incorporating excerpts

                 from a book of the same title written by Davidson faculty

                 member Brenda Flanagan about her experience with Civil

                 Rights activist/singer/songwriter/pianist Nina Simone,

                 performed by Dr. Flanagan and guest jazz artists.



Director of Voice Studio, Fall 1995-Fall 1997.


                 * Creation and Development of Initiatives for Voice Studio:

                                 -Davidson Opera Theater Workshop, Music 14

                                 -Opera “Parties”

                                 -Vocal master classes by guest artists, including William

                                  Workman, Marilyn Taylor          

                                 -Singing Diction Course, Music 15

                                 -Bachfest '96


                         * Administration of Voice Studio, including budget maintenance,

                            projection of needs, acquisition of part time instructors,                          

                           resolution of issues pertaining to Voice Studio, production of  annual reports, and grant                                                                acquisition.


                                                                Adjunct Instructor, Fall 1993-Fall 1995

*Private voice Instruction.


                                                North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC.

                                                                 Substitute Instructor, School of Music, March-April, 1994.

                                                                                Introduction to Singing (Vocal Pedagogy).


                                                Salem College Community Music School, Winston-Salem, NC.

                                                                Vocal Instructor, Fall 1990-Fall 1994.


                                                University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

                                                                 Graduate Assistant, School of Music, 1989-90, Fall 1991.

                                                                                 *Voice Class.

                                                                                  *Private Voice Instruction (Music Education voice principals,

                                                                                    music minors, secondary voice).


                                                Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

                                                                Adjunct Faculty, Department of Music, Spring 1987-Spring 1990.

                                                                                                *Private Voice Instruction.

                                                                                                *Advanced Voice Class.

                                                                                                *Voice Class.


           P Presentations


                                                *Master classes at Northwest School of the Arts through Opera Carolina Vocal Academy, 2017 and 2018.

*Cla                                         *Class Session:  Breathing Techniques for the 2016 and 2017 Opera Carolina Vocal Academy Music-Drama Workshop.    

Class Se                                  *Class Session:  Singing Challenges for Senior Citizens, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC, 2016.

                                                *Class Session:  Writing Music for the Voice, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, 2010.

                                                *Vocal Techniques Workshop, Moravian Music Festival and Seminar, 2009.

                                                *Class Session: How Composers and Performers Prepare a New Work Together, Belvedere Chamber

                                                  Music Festival, 2007.

                                                *Master Class, Sewanee University of the South, 2007.

                                                *Master Class, North Carolina School of the Arts, 2000.

 SoSolo   Solo                       Western Piedmont Symphony (John Ross)                    Gustav Mahler, Symphony #2 (2015)


                                Carmel Presbyterian Church w/chamber orchestra      Vivaldi, Gloria (2014)


                                Davidson College Concert Choir w/                               Corigliano, Fern Hill (2012) 

                                Pro Arte Orchestra (Gilliam)                                              Vaughan-Williams, Serenade to Music


                                Davidson College Concert Choir w/                               J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor (2012)

                                Pro Arte Orchestra (Sprague)                                           Handel, Messiah (2011, 2010, 2007)

                                                                                                                               Mozart, Requiem (2009, 2006)


                                Messiah Choral Society (Orlando, FL)                             Handel, Messiah (2009)


                                Johnson C. Smith University Choir                                Handel, Messiah (2008)


                                Raleigh Symphony/Concert Singers of Cary                 Prokofieff, Alexander Nevsky (2008)


                                Charlotte Symphony/Oratorio Singers                           Barber, Prayers of Kierkegaard  (2007)                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vaughan-Williams, Serenade to Music

                                                                                                                                Haydn: Creation, last mvmt. (2006)

                                                                                                                                J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion (1999)

                                                                                                                                Handel, Messiah (1999)

                                                                                                                                J.S. Bach, Magnificat (1996)

                                AGO Conference w/Oratorio Singers)                                   Durufle, Requiem (1998)


                                West Valley Symphony (AZ)                                             Handel, Messiah (2005)


                                Peniel Concert Choir and Orchestra                               Handel, Messiah (2004)                                                                         

                                (Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center)


                                New England Symphonic Ensemble                                Duruflé, Requiem (2004)

                                (Carnegie Hall)                                                                        Boccherini, Villancicos (Dec. 1998)

                                                                                                                                Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass (Mar. 1998)


                                Raleigh Symphony                                                              Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 (2003)


                                Duke Choral Society                                                           Britten, Rejoice in the Lamb (2002)


                                Greensboro Oratorio Society                                            Handel, Messiah (2000)


                                Winston-Salem Symphony                                                Mozart, Requiem (1998, 1986)

                                                                                                                                J.S. Bach, Magnificat (2000, 1993)

                                                                                                                                Beethoven, Missa Solemnis (1987)

                                                                                                                                Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 (1988)


                                Kansas City Symphony                                                       Mozart, Requiem (1997)


                                National Chorale                                                                   Handel, Messiah (1996)

                                (Lincoln Center Debut at Avery Fisher Hall)


                                Philadelphia Chamber Chorus and Orchestra                Handel, Jeptha (1995)


                                Piedmont Chamber Singers/W-S Symphony                  J.S. Bach, St. John Passion (1995)

                                                                                                                                 Handel, Dixit Dominus (1994)

                                                                                                                                 J.S.  Bach, Cantata No. 21 (1994)

                                                                                                                                 Handel, Samson (1988)


                                Roanoke Symphony                                                             Handel, Messiah (1994)


                                Wilmington Symphony (NC)                                                Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 (1992)


                                South Carolina Philharmonic/Chamber Orchestra        J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor (1991)

                                (South Carolina PBS broadcast)


                                Roanoke Choral Society and Orchestra                           Handel, Messiah (1991)

                                                                                                                                 Vivaldi, Gloria (1991)

                                                                                                                                 J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor (1990)


                                Western Piedmont Symphony                                          Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 (1991)


                                North Carolina Symphony (NC PBS Broadcast)                Masterpiece Theater Benefit (1989)

                                    (with Winston-Salem Symphony in Raleigh)                       Mahler, Symphony No. 3 (1987)

                                                                                                                                Brahms, Alto Rhapsody



                                Salisbury Symphony                                                           Handel, Messiah (1989)


                                North Carolina Symphony (NC PBS Broadcast)                Masterpiece Theater Benefit (1989)

                                    (with Winston-Salem Symphony in Raleigh)                       Mahler, Symphony No. 3 (1987)

                                    (with Winston-Salem Symphony in Raleigh)                       Brahms, Alto Rhapsody (1987)


                                Canton Symphony (Ohio)                                                    Handel, Messiah (1988)


                                Bel Canto Company                                                             Copland, theIn the Beginning (1988)



Solo                Belvedere Chamber Music Festival: Copland, Old American Songs (2010)


Music              Belvedere Chamber Music Festival                                        Debussy, Trois Chansons de Bilitis & Fauré

                                (two separate concerts)                                                         Ibert, Deux Stêles Orienteés (2009))


                         Belvedere Chamber Music Festival                                        Britten, A Charm of Lullabies & Ives songs

                                 (two separate concerts)                                                         Patterson, Tanga Modern and Ancient (2008)


                                        Belvedere Chamber Music Festival                                        ben Amots, Songs from the Pomegranate Garden

                                (two separate concerts)                                                         Carlson, Menacing Spirits (2007)


                         21st Century Chamber Music Concert                                   Stasack, Crossing Rivers IV (2007)


                         NITLE New Music Festival                                                          Ives, various songs (2006)


                         Davidson College Concert Series                                           Stasack, Crossing Rivers IV (2005)


                         ACS New Music FestivalStasack,                                                           Stasack, Crossing Rivers IV (2005)         

                         ACS New Music Festival                                                           Weisman, From Frankenstein (2004)

                         ACS New Music Festival                                                            Cutler, Bathsheba’s Lament (2003)

                                (three separate concerts)                                                      Summer, The Quality of Mercy

                                                                                                                                McIntyre, A Visit from the White Rabbit

                         ACS New Music Festival                                                           McIntyre, Dorothy Parker Songs (2002)


                         Bach Aria Group in Stonybrook, NY                                           J.S. Bach, Cantata Excerpts (1996)

                         Bach Aria Group at Bachfest ’96                                              J.S. Bach, Cantatas No. 9 & 94 (1996)

                         Bach Aria Festival                                                                       J.S. Bach, Cantata Excerpts (1993)


                         Carolina Consort/                                                                       Monteverdi, scena from Il Ritorno                                                                       

                         International Lute Symposium                                               d’Ulisse in Patria (1987)


                         Carolina Consort at SECCA                                                      Christmas Concert (1987)

Solo                         A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas Straight Ahead Jazz Sessions - Open Mic


                                 *Prelude to a Kiss, April 2017

                                 *Blues in the Night, October 2016

                                 *Cry Me a River, June 2016

                                 *Stormy Weather, October 2015

GONZO Band jam sessions - ongoing.

Recitals                  *Gastonia, NC, Gaston College American Art Song Lecture Recital, 2017.

                                *Davidson, NC  Recital for The Pines at Davidson, 2016.  

                                *Charlotte, NC, Songs for the World, presented by Mosaic Arts, 2015.

                                *Knoxville, TN, Music and Healing, Copland and Ives songs, 2010.

                                *Memphis, TN, Luna Nova Recital, 2009.

                                *Sewanee, TN, Recital at University of the South, 2008.

                                *WDAV broadcast, Main Street Sessions, Charles Ives songs, 2007.

                                *Winston-Salem, NC, Benefit Recital for Cancer Services of Winston-Salem, 2005.

                                *Old Salem, NC, Christmas recital on David Tannenberg organ, 2004.

                                *Boston, MA (Boston Public Library), The Shakespeare Concerts, 2004.

                                *Worcester, MA (Clark University), The Shakespeare Concerts, 2004.

                                *NC NATS Fall Conference at Wingate University, Variations on the Song Cycle, 2003.

                                *Winston-Salem Symphony Fundraiser, Chanson de Bilitis, 2003.

                                *Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University Dept. of Music Guest Artist Recital, 1999.

                                *Winston-Salem, Nancy Wurtele Memorial Benefit Concert, 1996 and 1997.

                                *Boone, NC, Guest Faculty Recital at Appalachian State University, 1997.

                                *Greensboro, NC, College Music Society Symposium, premiere vocal piece, 1990.

                                *Southern Pines, NC, Weymouth Center Artist Series, 1989.

*Winston-Salem, Carolina Composers Symposium, Listokin Weymouth Songs, 1989. *Winston-Salem,  

*Reynolda House Museum of American Art (radio broadcast) 1988.

*Philadelphia, sponsored by the Hermitage Mansion Summer Festival, 1985.

*Bryn Mawr, PA, Haverford College Early Music Concert, 1983.

                                *Philadelphia, Penn Composers Guild premier of Ruba’yat by Ari Ben Shebetai, 1983. 


Faculty           Davidson College, Davidson, NC.

Recital/            *Faculty Collaborative Recital, 2014.

Concert           *Songs of the Divine w/Michael Rowland, 2013.

                         *Faculty Collaborative Recital, 2013.

                          *Music from the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, w/Adam Bowles 2013.

                          *Ruskin Cooper Memorial Concert, 2012.

                          *An Evening of American Song, w/premiere of songs by Mary Armistead Jones, 2010.

                          *An Evening of Chamber Music, w/Ruskin Cooper and Alan Black, works by Brahms & Stasack, 2010.

                          *An Evening of Baroque Chamber Music, w/Henry Lebedinsky and Barbara Blaker Krumdieck, 2007.

                          *A Recital of Elizabethan Texts and American Composers, 2007.

                          *R. Strauss, Notturno, with Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, 2005.

                          *In Recital! Featuring works by Schubert, Strauss, Donizetti, Rossini, 2004.

                          *Musical Interludes, March 2004.

                          *Variations on the Song Cycle, 2003.

                          *Musical Interludes, September 2003.

                          *Musical Interludes, March 2003.

                          *Musical Interludes, November 2002.

                          *Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass with DCPC Chorus and Davidson College Symphony, 2002.

                          *Copland’s Old American Songs with Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, 2001.

                          *Baroquefest! Handel , Lascia ch’io pianga, 2000.

                          *Alto soloist, Vivaldi Gloria with Davidson College Choir and Symphony Orchestra, 1999.

                          *Faculty Recital, 1998.

                          *An Evening of J.S. Bach, 1997.

                          *A Concert of New Music by Davidson Students, 1996.

                          *J.S. Bach cantata excerpts with Bach Aria Group and Jeffrey Price, 1996.

                          *Faculty Composition Recital:  New Works by Richard Prior, 1995.

                          *Faculty Composition Recital:  New Works by Richard Prior and Jennifer Stasack, 1994.

                          *A Little Peace Music, 1994.

                          *An Evening of Christmas Song with James Swisher and faculty instrumentalists, 1993.

                          *Davidson Faculty Potpourri, 1993-94.


                         Salem College, Winston, NC.

                            *An Evening of Christmas Song with James Swisher, 1993.

                            *Alto soloist, Vaughn Williams Magnificat with Salem College Chamber Choir, 1991.

                            *A Concert of Baroque Music with John Mueller, 1990.

                            *Alto soloist, Vivaldi Gloria with Salem College Chamber Choir, 1990.


                          Wake Forest University, NC.

                              *Susan Bates Harpsichord Faculty Recital, Telemann Cantata, 1993.

                              *Potpourri, 1991.

                              *Excerpt from Beatrice et Benedict with Wake Forest Symphony Orchestra, 1990.

                              *Faculty Chamber Music Concert (Opera arias), 1989.

                              *Alto soloist, Ramirez Misa Criolla, 1988.  

                              *Solo Recital, An Evening of Lieder and American Song, 1988.



Opera         Greensboro Opera Company                      Mercedes                             Carmen (1998)

Roles                                                                                    Dame Quickly                        Falstaff (1996)

                                                                                              Flora                                      La Traviata (1995)

                                                                                              3rd Lady                                 Die Zauberflöte (1994)


                    Piedmont Opera Theater                              Mamma Lucia                       Cavalleria Rusticana (1997)

                                                                                               Zulma                                    L’Italiana in Algieri (1993)

                                                                                               Grandma                               Ordinary People (Chumbley)

                                                                                                                                                Staged reading (1993)

                                                                                               Marthe                                  Faust (1992)

                                                                                               3rd Lady                                Die Zauberflöte (1991)

                                                                                               Tisbe                                     La Cenerentola (1990)

                                                                                               Alisa                                      Lucia di Lammermoor (1989)

                                                                                               Gertrude                                Romeo et Juliette (1988)

                                                                                               Pitti Sing                                The Mikado (1988)


                    Opera Carolina                                                Mamma Lucia                        Cavalleria Rusticana (1994)

                                                                                               Zulma                                    L’Italiana in Algieri (1993)


                    Gold Coast Opera                                           Tisbe                                     La Cenerentola (1990)


                    Triangle Opera Theater                                 3rd Lady                                Die Zauberflöte (1988)


                    Opera Company of Philadelphia                  Maestra della Novizie            Suor Angelica (1986)


                    Camerata Opera Theater                               Hansel                                   Hansel and Gretel (1984/85)


                    Pennsylvania Opera Theater                         Zulma                                    L’Italiana in Algieri (1985)


                    Delaware Valley Lyric Opera                         Rosina                                    Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1984)


                    Billings Institute of American Music           Dame Lisabetta                   Rappaccini’s Daughter (1984)

                         (world premiere)                                                                                           (Denison)


                    Minikin Opera                                                   Dame Lisabetta                      Rappaccini’s Daughter (1984)


                    Contemporary Opera Co. of America          The Nurse                              Hippolytus (Summer) (1983)

                         (world premiere)


                     Pennsylvania Opera Festival                         The Nurse                             Hippolytus (1983)




Plan             Opera Company of Philadelphia                  Angelina (Cenerentola)         La Cenerentola

Artist                                                                                      Rosina                                   Il Barbiere di Siviglia


Opera           Opera Company of Philadelphia, 1979-85

Chorus               PBS Broadcasts:  La Bohème, Faust, La Damnation de Faust

                                Other Productions:  Eugene Onegin, Le’Elisir d’Amore, Madama Butterfly,

                                                                   Les Pecheurs de Perles, La Traviata, I Pagliacci,

                                                                   Les Contes D’Hoffman, Falstaff, The Marriage of Figaro,

                                                                   Mosè, Die Zauberflöte, Dido and Aeneas, Simon Boccanegra,

                                                                   Carmen, Macbeth.



Other                      Temple Opera Theater                                     

Opera                                                 Lucia                           The Long Christmas Dinner (Hindemith)                `                                              

                                                           Catherine                     Riders to the Sea (Vaughn-Williams)


                                University of North Carolina at Greensboro

                                                             Dorabella                    Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)



Adjudication          *Heafner-Williams Vocal Competion, March 2017.

                                *National Association of Teachers of Singing National Student Auditions, semii-final round, July 2015.

                                *Charlotte Opera Guild, 2004, 2006, 2010.

                                *North Carolina School of the Arts Scholarship Auditions, 1998.

                                *National Association of Teachers of Singing District Artists Awards, Fall 1996.

                                *NATS Mid-Atlantic District Student Auditions, 1993-98 (qualified for 1999), 2002, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016.

                                *NATS North Carolina Student Auditions, 1993-2002, 2004, 2007, 2010-2016.  CCM category judge, November 2016.

                                *North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs Vocal Competition, 1992.

                                *North Carolina Governor’s School Performing Arts Audition, 1989, 1991.


Education        University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

                                  Doctoral Studies, School of Music, 1989-90, Fall 1991.

                                  Recipient, Lawrence E. Hart Graduate Scholarship.


                                Pennsylvania Opera Festival, Pittsburgh, PA.

                                  Apprenticeship, Summer 1983.


                                Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

                                   Master of Music in Opera, 1983.

                                                Graduate Assistantship, Office of Continuing Education, 1982-83.

                                                Graduate Assistantship, School of Music, 1981-82.

                                    Bachelor of Music in Opera, 1979, summa cum laude.

                                                President’s Scholar.

                                                Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1977-78.

                                                Scholarship Recipient, 1976-79.


                               Sing Out!  Workshop sponsored by CEENTA Speech and Swallowing Center w/Matt Edwards of  CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute, 2016


                                The Contemporary Commercial Musical Vocal Pedagogy Institute of Shenandoah Conservatory

                                  Summer Session II Accredidation, 2016

                                Duke University Voice  Center, Raleigh, NC
                                  Voice Enhancement Workshop for Pop/Rock Singers, 2014

                                  Vocal Health and Fitness for Opera Singers Workshop, 2012

                               NATS Summer Workshop in Music Theater, UNC-Charlotte, Jully 2011



Coaching              Vocal:       Maureen Forrester                               Master Classes:       Nico Castel

                                                William Hughes                                                                      John Wustman

                                                Robert Lawrence                                                                  William Warfield

                                                Martin Rich                                                                             Thomas Allen

                                                Julianne Baird                                                                         Drew Minter

                                                                                                                                               Martin Katz

                                                                                                                                               D’Anna Fortunato



                                Opera:     Joel Friedman                                         Teachers:  Klara Meyers (pupil of Freschl)

                                                Richard Flusser                                                        Fritz Moses

                                                Marc Taslit (master class)                                        Charles Lynam

                                                                                                                                  Hope Haley Montoni


                                Jazz:       Noel Friedline

                                                Toni Tupponce

                                                Tyrone Jefferson

                                                Wendy Jones

                                                Lisa Popeil




Awards                  Music Teachers National Association

                                  Teacher Enrichment Grant, 2016

                                 Bach Aria Institute at SUNY Stonybrook

                                  Fellowship, Summer 1993


                                North Carolina Arts Council

                                  Named to Visiting Artists Roster, 1989, 1991-1994


                                National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Award

                                  District Winner, 1989


                                New York Center for Contemporary Opera International Opera Singers Competition

                                   Second Place, 1985


                                Aria Italiana Competition, Philadelphia, PA

                                  Finalist, 1985


Affiliations             *Pan American Vocology Association

                                 *National Opera Association

                                 *National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

                                 *Opera America

                                 *Roster of William Hendrickson Artists Management, 1996-1999. 2004-2006

                                 *(past) American Guild of Musical Artists

                                 *(past)  AFTRA



Performance   including those from Opera News, available upon request.




References  available upon request.



Programs of  Davidson student recitals and Opera Theater Workshop also available.