In 1983-4 Diane Loomer was an apprentice to Jon Washburn, working with his Madrigal Singers, Healey Willan Singers, and Vancouver Chamber Choir. She subsequently established the Douglas College Children's Choir and became assistant director of the Vancouver Bach Choir. In 1987, after undertaking further studies in theory at the University of British Columbia, Loomer formed the Elektra Women's Choir with Morna Edmundson. She founded the Chor Leoni Men's Choir in 1992, and has remained its artistic director. Under Loomer, both choirs have earned strong international reputations for choral innovation and technical ability.
Diane Loomer conducted the University of British Columbia Choral Union 1993-9, and has guest conducted in Minnesota, Montana (2006) and Iceland (2000). She conducted provincial youth choirs throughout Canada, and in 1994 was the first woman to conduct the National Youth Choir.
In addition to conducting, she has arranged and composed several works for choir, the majority of which have been published by Cypress Choral Music, founded by Loomer and her husband, Richard Loomer.
Diane Loomer has been the recipient of a number of awards. In 1990 she was given the Willan Award by the British Columbia Choral Federation, and in 1994 was named "Vancouver's Woman of Distinction of Arts and Culture" by the YWCA. Loomer was named a distinguished alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College in 1997 and of Douglas College in 2004. In 2005 she was named conductor emeritus at Dalhousie University. Diane Loomer was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 1999 and received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Author Sarah Church
Koop, Margery. "A conversation with Diane Loomer," Manitoba Sings, vol 21, no 2, Dec 1996
McDonald, Malcolm. "Interview with Diane Loomer," BC Choral Federation Newsletter, vol 23, no 1, Summer 2000
Loomer, Diane. "Diane Loomer," In Their Own Words: Canadian Choral Conductors, ed Holly Higgins Jonas (Toronto 2001)
Meredith, Victoria. "Canadian choral mentors: Diane Loomer," Anacrusis, vol 21, no 2, Winter 2002
Links to Other Sites
Elektra Women's Choir
The website for the renowned Elektra Women's Choir. Features brief audio clips of their music.
Chor Leoni Men's Choir
The website for the Chor Leoni Men's Choir. Features their latest official choir biography, concert schedule, and many audio clips from their recordings.
Dr. Diane Loomer
An obituary for esteemed choral conductor Dr. Diane Loomer from the University of British Columbia website.
Remembering Diane Loomer
A CBC tribute to beloved choir conductor Diane Loomer. Features her last CBC radio interview and comments from friends and colleagues.