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Theodore R. Hassen Principal Bassoon Chair
Diane Bishop has been Principal Bassoon of the Orlando Philharmonic since 1993. Originally from Bel Air, Maryland, she began her musical studies at the age of five with the piano, adding the saxophone, flute, and trombone, before finally discovering the bassoon at age ten.
Mrs. Bishop attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she received a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction. She also attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for graduate study before winning the position of Principal Bassoon with the Florida Symphony Orchestra in 1984.
In 2003, Mrs. Bishop was offered a part-time position on the Orlando Philharmonic staff as Box Office Assistant. This quickly grew into a full-time opportunity when she was appointed Box Office Manager in 2004, then Director of Patron Services in 2010. In the fall of 2016, she took on the newly created part-time role of Manager of Patron Technology, permitting her to devote more time to the bassoon.
Mrs. Bishop has also performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra, the Heidelberg (Germany) Opera Festival Orchestra and the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra. She and her husband, John, have two adult children, Emily and Matthew, and four cats.
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