Diane Syrcle joined OBT in May 2010 from the Portland Youth Philharmonic, where she has been Executive Director since 2003. Prior to that, she was Director of Education at Portland Opera, a position she held for seven years following a career as a professional opera singer. Syrcle holds an MBA in Organizational Development from Marylhurst University, a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor's of Music/Music Education from West Texas A&M University. She chairs the Best Practices Task Force on the State of Oregon Leadership Council for K-12 Arts Education, as well as the Professional Development Committee of the Right Brain Initiative Arts Integration Program. She also serves on the board of directors of both the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras and the NW Business Committee for the Arts and Culture. In April 2010, she received a Young Audiences Sunburst Award for Arts Education Advocacy.
Press Release Announcing Diane as OBT's new Executive Director