An Inspiring Performer and Educator
Diana Haskell has held Principal positions in five orchestras and is currently Associate Principal Clarinet with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Cuba, Europe and Japan. She began her career with the Savannah Symphony, under the direction of Christian Badea. She also joined the Charleston Symphony as Principal Clarinet for one season. Maestro Semyon Bychkov invited Ms. Haskell to the Principal Clarinet position with the Buffalo Philharmonic. In the early 1990s, she joined the Milwaukee Symphony as Associate Principal, Second Clarinet and Eb Clarinet. In 2003 Maestro Itzhak Perlman invited Ms. Haskell to join the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Clarinet. Later Maestro Robertson appointed her as Associate Principal and Eb Clarinet. Ms. Haskell has also been Principal Clarinet with Santa Fe Opera.
Ms. Haskell is Woodwind Coordinator for the chamber music portion of Chautauqua Institution’s Music School Festival. In addition, Diana Haskell directs her Clarinet Intensive program at the MasterWorks Festival where she works with advanced students on orchestral excerpts, advanced solo literature and E-flat clarinet. Diana Haskell teaches clarinet for HEAL Center For the Arts in St. Louis, an after-school urban arts program for junior high and high school students. She is also on the Board for HEAL Center For the Arts.
Ms. Haskell has taught at SUNY Buffalo, Houghton College, UW Whitewater, Savannah College of Art and Design, Armstrong State College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College. She has given master classes at universities in Japan, Europe, and the United States. She maintains an active private clarinet studio.
As a result of being a finalist in the Naumberg International Competition, Ms. Haskell performed a solo recital in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Haskell was Principal Clarinet for the Grammy award-winning recording of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, an opera directed by Gian Carlo Menotti and produced by New World Records.
Ms. Haskell's students occupy positions with orchestras around the country and in bands of the Armed Forces. Former students also have become public and private school band and orchestra directors, administrators or private music instructors.
Ms. Haskell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with D. Stanley Hasty, and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she worked with Joseph Allard. Her early studies were with James Barkow, and she worked with Mitchell Lurie at Music Academy of the West. Ms. Haskell was a high school camper at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and has been Principal Clarinet in many summer music festivals, such as Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Lake Placid Sinfonietta. Haskell’s CD, Clarinet Enchantments (AAM Recordings) has received critical acclaim. It may be purchased at Amazon. For more on Diana Haskell, visit her website here.
Ms. Haskell is a proud Vandoren Artist. She enjoys playing a BD5 mouthpiece with V12 reeds, strength 3.5, and an Optimum ligature. She is also a Buffet Artist, and has played R13 clarinets since the eighth grade.