Diane Ricks

  • B.M.E., voice, Armstrong State College, 1991
  • M.M., vocal performance, Georgia Southern University, 2001
  • D.M.A., vocal performance, Conservatory of Shenandoah University, 2005

"Teaching is at its best when students are actively engaged in making their discipline part of their daily lives. I have been encouraged by a handful of teachers to pass this ideal along to my students. Teaching in the arts means teaching students to hone their crafts so they can enjoy and share their gifts for their entire lives. Long after I am a non-performing artist, I aspire to continue to teach those who are willing to make music a part of their lives."

Diane Ricks | Performing arts professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Doctoral Fellowship, Conservatory of Shenandoah University; Carol A. Carter Scholarship, Georgia Southern University; Directors Award, Armstrong State College; Theodore Presser Scholarship, Armstrong State College


National Association of Teachers of Singing

Previous Positions

Part-time assistant professor, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia; instructor of voice, Trinity University, Washington, D.C.; instructor of voice and doctoral teaching fellow, Conservatory of Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia; voice instructor, performing arts camp at Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia; cantor, Temple Mickve Israel, Savannah, Georgia

Publications and presentations


  • Ricks, D. Samuel Barber: American classical composer. In A.W. Cramer (Ed.), "Musicians and composers of the 20th century." Pasadena, California: Salem Press (2009): 67-68
  • Ricks, D. Ennio Morricone: Italian classical and film-score composer. In A.W. Cramer (Ed.), "Musicians and composers of the 20th century." Pasadena, California: Salem Press (2009): 989-990


  • Vocal master class, March 31, 2008 for students at Savannah State University

Guest lecturer

  • "Research in Music Education; Keys to Successful Research"; searching electronic databases, using interlibrary loan, and mastering APA citation. January 2006
  • Women and Creativity Conference. West Virginia University, Presentation: "Hildegard von Bingen: The Origins of Feminine Creativity," 2004


  • "Semester of Schumann: 'Frauenliebe und Leben'"; "Mercer Magic: Celebrating 100 Years of Johnny Mercer"; "A Night of Opera: arias, duets and ensembles"; Concert of all English songs; concert of the "26 Italian" songbook.