Diane McNaron has appeared in jazz, recital, oratorio , cabaret and opera throughout the US and in Germany, Austria, Italy and Australia. Winner of several vocal awards including the Florida Operatic Voice Competition and the Regional Metropolitan Opera Awards, she earned a Master of Music degree from Florida State University and pursued post graduate work at Indiana University School of Music and The American Institute for Musical Studies, Graz, Austria. Teachers of singing have included Eleanor Steber, Gino Bechi, Gianna D’Angelo and Kurt Weill-repertoire coaches Randolph and Lys Symonette. Teachers of stage direction have included Hans Busch, Ross Allen and Roger Brunyate.
McNaron recorded the CD Music in Flight which was endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winner DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (MSF). It contains songs by European composers "in flight" from war and political oppression and also features Alabama composers. In 2011, she released the CD Rosas de Pulpa; Rosas de Cal - the Music of Valdo Sciammarella, an album of Art Songs and Chamber Music from Argentina. Having appeared regularly as a recitalist in Twentieth-Century Art Song, McNaron is often heard in jazz and Great American Song Book Standards. She directs The Politically Incorrect Cabaret, an ensemble which presents political satire through Berlin-style variety cabaret. Her duo, Masters’ Cabaret, performs authentic German and French cabaret music. Both troupes tour the Southeast.
As a stage director, she has directed over forty operas, musicals, revues and galas for the Centro Escuela de Opera in Caracas, Venezuela; Adelaide University in Australia; Opera Jacksonville, Opera Birmingham, Opera de Lafayette and many others. She served as an assistant at the Opera Barga Festival in Barga, Italy. McNaron also produces rallies, teach-ins and speaking events for the Birmingham Peace Project and other organizations.
Having served as Director of Opera and taught voice at several universities including Northwestern State in Louisiana, Belmont University in Nashville, Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, and Adelaide University, So. Australia, she is now based in Birmingham, AL. McNaron is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has been awarded grants by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Lowder Foundation. Her voice students have been accepted to leading colleges and graduate schools throughout the US, won international competitions, such as The Eisteddfod Society of Australia and successfully audition for theatre companies in Birmingham, Alabama and throughout the US.
An artist of great versatility, Diane also has a background in painting and in dramaturgy.