Diane Berry was born in Peterborough, Ontario, grew up in Toronto and graduated from the music department at York University. After graduating she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she taught at the Canadian Conservatory, and was active as a recitalist.
Then it was on to the west coast in Victoria, two years in Suva, Fiji, eight years in Smithers, British Columbia, then finally settling in Victoria. In all of those places she kept busy teaching and performing.
In Smithers, she returned to a previous love of composition, when she and two friends formed “Two Flutes & a Violin”. Over the 19 years they have been together, she has written over twenty works for the trio, including award winning “Salt Water, Sweet Water, Mountains”, music for the documentary film, “Sheep of Stone”, and “Looking Across Time” for Smithers’ centennial celebration.
While in Smithers she also conducted the local community band, wrote and premiered two pieces for them, as well as co-conducting the local flute choir, “No Tubas Allowed”. She has written for choir (Gloria, Walking Poems), Victoria’s city-wide middle school string orchestra (Prelude for Prelude), two string quartets, student works for piano, and various chamber ensembles.
Her work has been performed by the Erato Ensemble in Vancouver and at Sonic Boom in Vancouver, as well as concerts throughout British Columbia. In 2011, her string trio received honourable mention in the International Association for Women in Music’s “Search for New Music”. In 2008, and 2010 she was adjudicator for the composition class at the Victoria Performing Arts Festival, and in 2013 for the Murray Adaskin Competition in Victoria. She was also the featured composer for the registered music teacher’s association’s Canada Music Week, at that time.
Diane is a member of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, the International Association for Women in Music, the British Columbia Registered Music Teacher’s Association and an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre. You can still find her in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and two sons, and where she can get out into the garden and spend time on their little 16 foot runabout boat.
More information about Diane is available at the Canadian Music Centre website which is: www.musiccentre.ca
Diane was commissioned by ACM for the 2018 Doors Open Milwaukee project.