“Flute Performance & Instruction”
Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Bass Flute
Quinteto Latino in rehearsal
Katie, a student, in her lesson at Diane’s studio
Performing Guillermo Galindo’s Voces del Desierto in San Francisco
Quinteto Latino is a wind quintet specializing in the interpretation of Latin American classical music. Since the group’s inception, the quintet has been dedicated to performing with world-class artistry in communities not traditionally served by classical musicians.
By championing young and lesser-known composers of Latin American and Caribbean heritage, Quinteto Latino seeks to expand the boundaries of classical music, reach new audiences, and inspire new generations of players.
Quinteto Latino has participated in the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music Program many times, bringing their engaging educational work to every public elementary school in San Francisco. Through an affiliation with Young Audiences of Northern California, they continue to perform in schools from Sacramento to San Jose.
View an article and video clip of a Quinteto Latino school performance.
With over twenty years of teaching experience and two degrees in flute performance, I am a highly-qualified instructor. I teach students of all ages and levels – small children, teenagers, adults.
I teach the fife-a small, inexpensive instrument that is perfect for children’s small hands-a great instrument for little beginners as young as six.
For children as young as four, I offer recorder lessons. These are individual lessons designed for one student accompanied by a parent who learns along with the child. Lessons proceed at the child’s pace and incorporate singing, drawing and listening to music.
My students learn solid flute technique and basic music theory while having fun learning to play the music they like, whether its the classical repertoire, popular favorites or contemporary extended technique. Students also get the chance to meet and perform with other flutists, both in my studio and through events that I host in the community, such as student recitals and flute caroling during the holiday season. My students have been accepted to competitive high school and university level music programs including San Francisco’s School of the Arts and San Francisco State University as well as the Oakland Youth Orchestra. I teach in my Noe Valley studio, at the Hamlin School and for the Community Music Center. I’ve also coached the flute sections of the San Jose Youth Symphony and the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra.
I offer my students opportunities to show the world what they have worked so hard to achieve by organizing yearly recitals and holiday flute caroling.