Diane Bishop

Principal Bassoon

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, followed by the saxophone, flute, and trombone, before finally discovering the bassoon at age ten.

Diane received a Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in 1983 from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she was a student of K. David Van Hoesen. After graduating from Eastman, she was awarded a graduate assistantship from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied with Frank Morelli. She has also studied with David Carroll and Brent Rickman. In 1984, she was named Principal Bassoon of the Orlando Philharmonic’s predecessor, the Florida Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to her duties as Principal Bassoon, Diane joined the Philharmonic office staff in 2003. She was appointed Box Office Manager in 2004 and Director of Patron Services in 2010. In September of 2016, Diane assumed a new role with the Philharmonic, Manager of Patron Technology, while still continuing as Principal Bassoon.

Diane has also performed as soloist with both the Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Orlando Philharmonic and was previously on the faculty of the University of Central Florida.  She and her husband John are the parents of two adult children and live in Orlando.