Diana Yourke is a performer/teacher and free spirit who was born and raised in Brooklyn and still calls it her home. She holds a degree in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban Institute of Movement Studies of NYC. She has been teaching private voice since the age of 14 (when her friends started asking her to) and is happy to call it one of her passions. In addition, Diana works with large groups offering vocal workshops that teach vocal technique as well as build community and incorporate singing of easily learned songs and improvisation. She currently teaches music and dance in public schools throughout NYC and is the conductor of the Brooklyn Women’s Chorus.
Diana was involved with the Human Sound project during the fall of 2013 and winter of 2014. She was honored to be able to co-lead with Simon as the project was just taking off and the initial sessions and recordings were being created that would lay the foundation for the project. These sessions were mostly held in a fantastic loft in Brooklyn where people from all backgrounds and experiences were invited to gather and create music together, I was also present at the final large event held at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew that was the big send off from NYC before the project kicked off to travel the world. That experience as well as the many others leading up to it were truly some of the most incredible shared music collaborations she has been a part of. Each one offered the group of people present so many personal gifts. There was always the opportunity to become very close very quickly, create meaningful music with a message that was relevant to their own experience while containing a message bigger than themselves, and then record it and have it preserved forever. The process itself was also extremely enlightening and offered a deep therapeutic experience for people to be open and honest about their personal experiences and to create something expressive and valuable out of it. The feedback and moments of sharing after these sessions were so inspiring and reassuring of the power of this kind of work. It was a huge gift to be a part of this project for the time that she was.
See Diana in action here