Diane Jo is a senior at Amador Valley High School and has been playing the violin since the age of nine, currently studying under the tutelage of Mrs. Ju-Yi Peng. She has played with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra for five years, and has served as the Concertmaster during the 2016-17 Season and also during the Cuba Tour this past summer. She also holds the Concertmaster position in the Amador Valley High School Symphony Orchestra and has served as Assistant Principal Violinist in the Korean-American Music Support Association Orchestra, in which she has been a part of for four years. Diane made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of sixteen after placing First Place in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition. She also won many other awards and competitions, including the United States Open Music Competition, National School Orchestra’s Director Award, and the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association Award, to name a few. Diane has also been a First Violinist with the California All-State Symphony Orchestra for two years.
Jo is also an accomplished pianist, and has won many awards on the piano, including the Junior Bach Festival and the United States Open Music Competition. She has reached the Advanced Level of the Certificate of Merit, with Branch and State Honors. Diane currently serves as the piano accompanist for the Tri-Valley Broadway Chorus and the Amador Valley High School Choirs, as well as for vocal masterclasses through the Pleasanton Community Arts Center.
Jo has a profound love for musical theatre and has been in the Pit Orchestra for Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s Les Miserables, as well as the Pleasanton District productions of Anything Goes, Legally Blonde, Guys and Dolls, and most recently, Beauty and the Beast. She has also played gigs at many venues, including weddings and senior centers. Diane is also the President of the Amador Valley Music Council. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a major in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, with a minor in music.