Eastman School of Music, DMA
Eastman School of Music, MM
Indiana University, BM, Performer's Certificate
Dr. Dianne Maynard-Christensen is is the Director of Music and Organist for Faith Lutheran Church in Rochester, NY where she oversees eight vocal and instrumental ensembles. She is also on the music faculty at both Nazareth College and Roberts Wesleyan College, where she teaches organ. Dr. Maynard has appeared throughout the United States as a recitalist and has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio program, Pipedreams. She has given lectures and master classes in organ literature, church music, and various worship related topics for colleges, churches, and professional organizations around the country. A recent Dean of the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Maynard is committed to providing educational opportunities for organists of all ages. She is especially dedicated to bringing the pipe organ to young people. She has served on the faculty of a number of Pipe Organ Encounters in various states and has been an adjudicator for both college and high school level organ competitions.
Dr. Maynard holds the Doctor of Music and the Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with David Higgs, Russell Saunders, and David Craighead. Her Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance was earned under the tutelage of Larry Smith at Indiana University, where she was also awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Dr. Maynard has won prizes in a number of national organ competitions and is a member of several national honor societies.