Diane McCloskey Rechner, flutist, is currently Associate Professor of Music at Kent State University where she performs with the Black Squirrel Winds faculty chamber ensemble. She performs in solo and chamber settings at the university and for series such as Music from Stan Hywet, Music from the Western Reserve, and Kent/Blossom Music Festival. Ms. McCloskey currently plays with the Lake Erie Ballet Orchestra and as substitute with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra (PA). Previously, she served as Principal Flute with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Akron, Canton, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras.
Ms. McCloskey has won the National Flute Association's Convention Performer's Competition several times, most recently performing at the Pittsburg convention. McCloskey was Workshops Coordinator for five consecutive NFA annual conventions, and has also served that organization as Bios Editor for the Convention Program Book as well as adjudicator for several competitions. She has served as artist/faculty for Kent/Blossom Music and the Lutheran Summer Music Program, and has presented master classes for the Ohio Music Teachers Association.
Before her appointment at Kent, she held teaching positions at Kenyon College and Northeast Missouri State University, and later engaged in doctoral study at Indiana University (Bloomington). Her flute teachers include Peter Lloyd, Kyril Magg, and Katherine Borst Jones. Ms. McCloskey holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Capital University Conservatory of Music.