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Conductor and Artistic Director
Bill Diekhoff

Versatility and dedication to choral excellence are hallmarks of Bill Diekhoff’s distinctive approach to the choral art. Known for innovative and eclectic programming, he constantly searches for music that will stretch the singer, the audience, and himself. He prides himself on diversity, and his programming spans the breadth and depth of choral literature. Audience members have grown accustomed to concerts that have jazz, gospel, bluegrass, and folk music along with Broadway show tunes stirred together with traditional classical and contemporary compositions. (See partial concert repertoire list here.)

Groups under his direction have sung at American Choral Directors state and division conventions. He has conducted many European choral tours, performing at numerous famous cathedrals, including Notre Dame (Paris, France), Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence, Italy), St. Mark’s (Venice, Italy), Westminster Abbey (London, England), and St. Giles (Edinburgh, Scotland).

Especially noteworthy was the selection of his high school choir to represent Wisconsin at the 1976 US bicentennial celebration in Philadelphia and at the 1978 Bastille Day celebration in Paris. Highest on his list of tour memories is performing Schubert’s Mass in G at the front altar of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome. A signed certificate from the Vatican commemorating the event is a treasured memento.

Mr. Diekhoff earned bachelor and master degrees from Indiana State University. He taught for many years in public schools in Indiana and Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and is past national chairman of the Community Choir Committee. He formerly conducted the Key Koraliers and currently teaches voice at Erskine College. In the summer of 2000 he received the Morris D. Hayes Award for outstanding contributions to choral music in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Dianne, reside on Lake Hartwell, where they enjoy the lake and the many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who come to visit.


Assistant Conductor and Accompanist
Lane Moore

During his 37 years as a music educator Lane Moore has taught choral and instrumental music in grades 4-12 and produced many award-winning bands and choruses. He recently retired as Director of Choral Activities at Dorman High School and Secondary Choral Coordinator for Spartanburg District Six. He was named Teacher of the Year at both Pendleton and Dorman High Schools. He was also named District Teacher of the Year for Anderson School District Four.

For ten years Lane has served as the Director of the chancel, handbell and youth choirs and the pianist at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Greenville. He served Clemson United Methodist Church in the same capacity for 20 years.

Lane has served as accompanist/associate conductor of several other community choirs and frequently performs as a freelance pianist/accompanist in workshops, choir clinics, and for the general public. He has served for nine years as the accompanist for the South Carolina All-State Choirs.

He earned his associate degree in piano performance from Anderson College and his bachelor degree in music composition and theory from the University of Georgia. Lane is a Past State President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors’ Association.

Lane’s two daughters, Kelly and Cheryl, are also music teachers and performers, and his wife of 39 years, Janet, is a member of the John Knox Choir. Janet and Lane are the proud grandparents of Katy Jane
Cruickshank, born to daughter Cheryl and son-in-law Keith on March 23, 2010.

 

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