Musical Director Dianne O’Toole
Di has been the Musical Director of Cygnet Singers since 2001.
A former school music teacher in both primary and secondary schools, she was for many years associated with teacher training programs in music education at the University of Tasmania and curriculum development in the Department of Education, Tasmania.
Di first joined a choir at age 11, and has been singing in choirs ever since. Now retired, she sings in TSO Chorus and Allegri Ensemble.
Cygnet Singers was formed in 1984 and has maintained an uninterrupted schedule of rehearsals and performances ever since.
In that time, we have performed both small and medium scale works (see OUR HISTORY) representing a broad range of styles and musical periods.
We have an established tradition of joining forces with other musical groups, both choral and instrumental, to bring our audiences the widest possible variety of musical experiences.
Our current repertoire is of small-scale works, essentially songs and carols.
We sing in several languages (for example Hebrew, Italian, Welsh, Latin) and our repertoire ranges through time from the 16th century to the present day.
Our program draws from church music, art song, folk song and musical theatre.
We present public performances at regular intervals as well as singing at community events such as Relay for Life and the Australia Day Awards Ceremony and at Eldercare, the local area retirement and care facility.
Accompanist Dianne Van Tienen
Di began accompanying the Cygnet Singers in 1985, and has been involved either behind the piano or in the alto section ever since! It has always been a family concern, with her father Vic, husband Joe, and all four children having had some level of involvement through the choir's long history.
Di trained as a music teacher, and has worked in this capacity at Rose Bay High, Smithton High, and Kingston High. Since then, choral accompaniment has become a specialty, leading to her involvement with Legato, Choir of High Hopes, and various school choirs (including those at Immaculate Heart, St Aloysius, and St James), as well as the Cygnet Singers.
Her association with Huon Valley Theatre has led to onstage performances in The Sound of Music, Oliver!, and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie; she also played in the orchestra for Annie Warbucks. She has sung in the Tasmanian Song Company, and was a member of the City of Hobart Eisteddfod Society Committee for many years.
Di is currently the Liturgy Coordinator at Christ the Priest Catholic Church, Kingston.