I am thrilled to serve at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church as Gospel Choir Director and Youth Choir Director! This is such a wonderful opportunity to work with singers in a very powerful way, as our choirs enliven worship and bring healing to the congregation and the community. Here is a description of my background. See you at rehearsal and worship soon! ~ Diane Figaro
Diane Figaro was raised in the small, mid-western college town of Elsah, Illinois. She has a B.A. in Music from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, with an emphasis in Piano Performance and a Minor in Education; an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington; and a PhD in Musicology with a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. As a part of her graduate work, she conducted field work in Tampere, Finland — supported by a Fulbright-Hays grant — and Santiago, Chile.
Diane has lived in Seattle a total of 22 years, where she has spent much of her time performing and directing church choirs. For many years, she worked as staff accompanist for Seattle University Choirs, was very active in Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, and sang with The Sound of the Northwest (Negro Spirituals Choir). Over the past 12 years she has served as Choir Director for adults and children at St. Benedict, St. Catherine, and Sacred Heart Parishes in the Seattle area and First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.
Diane is fortunate to be in a family that eats and breathes music. She is married to Rodney Figaro, whom she met singing in Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, and they have a daughter, Sarah, who is studying and performing voice. The Figaro family lives in Lynnwood.