Diana Haskell is currently Associate Principal Clarinet and E-flat Clarinet with the St. Louis Symphony, under the direction of Music Director David Robertson. She has held Principal positions in five orchestras and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Cuba, Europe, and Japan. Haskell began her career as Principal Clarinet with the Savannah Symphony and also joined the Charleston Symphony as Principal Clarinet for one season. Soon after, she joined the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Clarinet under the direction of Maestro Semyon Bychkov. In 1991, she joined the Milwaukee Symphony as Associate Principal, Second Clarinet and E-flat Clarinet. Later former STL Symphony Music Advisor Itzhak Perlman invited Haskell to join the St. Louis Symphony as Assistant Principal Clarinet. Robertson appointed her as Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet.
As a finalist in the Naumberg International Competition, Haskell performed a solo recital in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Haskell was Principal Clarinet for the Grammy award-winning recording of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, an opera directed by Gian Carlo Menotti and produced by New World Records.
Haskell has taught at SUNY Buffalo, Houghton College, UW Whitewater, Savannah College of Art and Design, Armstrong State College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College. She has given master classes at universities and conservatories in Japan, Cuba, Europe, and the United States. She maintains an active private clarinet studio in St. Louis, specializing in audition preparation for high school, college, and post-graduate students. Her teaching website may be found at dianahaskell.musicteachershelper.com/home.
Haskell's students occupy positions with orchestras around the country and in bands of the Armed Forces. Former students also have become public and private school band directors, administrators, and private music instructors.
Haskell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where she studied with D. Stanley Hasty, and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where she worked with Joseph Allard. Her early studies were with James Barkow, and she worked with Mitchell Lurie at Music Academy of the West. Haskell was a high school camper at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and has been Principal Clarinet in many summer music festivals, such as Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Lake Placid Sinfonietta.
Haskell is a Buffet-Crampon Artist and also is an artist for Vandoren by DANSR.
Diana Haskell’s CD, Clarinet Enchantments (AAM Recordings) has received critical acclaim. It can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, or at AAM Recordings website aamrecordings.com.