Our Leaders

Diane Haslam, mezzo-soprano, voice teacher, and choir director was born in Mansfield, England, and is a graduate in Vocal Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. She has sung as soloist in opera, oratorio, and recitals around Europe and the USA, as well as in concert with leading orchestras. She sang for 7 years full time with the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. For the past fifteen years she has lived in Aiken, SC, where she teaches voice in her private studio, Vocal Dimensions. At the further education level, Diane has taught as Assistant Professor of Voice at both Newberry College, SC, and the University of South Carolina Aiken, where along with applied voice lessons, she taught classes in Vocal Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, and Vocal Performance. Diane has become a passionate advocate of choral singing and is music director of the four choral groups in Aiken: as well as Aiken Singers, Diane also directs Belles Canto young women’s vocal group; Bellini girls choir; and South Boundary Singers men’s ensemble. She has led Master Classes in performance and vocal technique both in the US and England, and runs workshops in holistic singing for soloists and choirs. She has also developed a class entitled Singing for Well Being which includes vocal meditations, chants, and group singing. Diane is a published author of a book on singing, “The Heart of Singing: Steps on the Path to Becoming the Singer You Want to Be”, which is currently available at Amazon.com and as an eBook on Kindle.

Pat Adams, pianist, began her piano teaching career when she was in high school. She graduated with a degree in Piano Pedagogy from Winthrop College where she enjoyed the opportunity to accompany the Winthrop Chorus. Mrs. Adams established and maintained the Pat Adams’ Piano Studio in Aiken for many years instructing numerous students. She has been a church musician for more than 40 years. As well as Aiken Singers, she is also the regular accompanist for Belles Canto and Vocal Dimensions Studio.

Aiken Singers Board Members

Ken Hofstetter, President

Jim Pierce, Vice President

Tom Rupsis, Treasurer

Jack McElwee, Secretary

Lee Davidson

Karen Peterson

Jack Simon

Diane Haslam (non-voting)