Diane Maltester


Diane Maltester is the clarinet instructor for St. Mary’s College, California State University East Bay and has been on the music faculty at Los Medanos College since 1980. She is principal Eb clarinet and second clarinet of Oakland East Bay Symphony and principal clarinetist in the Walnut Creek Festival Opera, Vallejo Symphony, and the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. She performs numerous solo recitals with her duo partner, LaDene Otsuki, in addition to chamber recitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the founding member of the Muir Trio for voice, clarinet and harp.

She is presently the co-conductor of the Diablo Wind Symphony, a Bay Area honor band. She enjoys teaching and coaching and is a former Northern Woodwind Chairperson for the Music Teachers’ Association of California. She received her Master’s degree in music performance from California State University at Hayward.

She enjoys playing racket ball and hiking in the Bay Area Parks. She’s happily married to John Maltester, a trombonist and educator at St. Mary’s College and they have two lovely daughters.

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