The Greater Keene Pops Choir is a unique performing ensemble in the Greater Keene, New Hampshire community. We sing American popular music in all its many styles. Now, in our 34th year, we are bigger than ever, loving the music we sing, and the joyous spirit that abounds in the choir. Singing in the Keene Pops Choir brings joy to the soul, creativity to the mind and healing energy to the body. The Keene Pops Choir has joined in many area events and has been able to support other local groups doing good work. In addition to our local performances, the Choir has performed in many locations around the world, including Australia, Walt Disney World in 1998, Prague, Budapest Salzburg & Vienna in 2001, Scandinavia in 2003, Scotland and Ireland in 2005, and Switzerland in 2007.
There is never a dull moment for Diane Cushing who plays the role of conductor, singer, and teacher of voice. She directs The Keene State College Concert Choir who recently performed at Disney World. She is the Founder and Director of The Greater Gardner Community Choir who have performed with vocal groups, Rockapella, Cantus, The Nathaniel Dett Choir and The Harlem Gospel Choir. She was the Conductor of The Nashua Symphony Chorus for six years performing works such as Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.
Ms. Cushing teaches Voice at Keene State and also in her Private Studio in Gardner, Ma. She directs and sings in the Music Ministry at Bethany Baptist Church in Gardner. She received her musical education at Anna Maria College, and received a Graduate Assistantship in Choral Conducting at Syracuse University and later completed a Master’s in Vocal Performance at Boston Conservatory.
She has adjudicated several Music Festivals in New England and has conducted the NH All-State Women’s Chorus. She is a frequent performer in the Keene State College Faculty Recital Series. She was a member of The Boston Baroque, and has been heard as soloist with The Masterworks Chorale of Boston, The Cape Cod Chorale, The Bach Society, The Hamilton Baroque Ensemble, The Thayer Symphony Orchestra, The Monadnock Chorus and The Nashua Symphony orchestra. Some of her favorite collaborations have been with Virginia Eskin, featuring music by Amy Beach, and ‘A Musical Soliloquy’ with Keene State College Professor, Ted Mann on lute. She has performed American music at Queen’s College, New York and at Newberry College, South Carolina in their Recital Series. She recently performed in Cornish New Hampshire for their 250th Celebration at St. Gaudens .
Walt Sayre, started his musical career in the New York metropolitan area earning bachelor and master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music. He is currently the music director at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene NH having retired from a thirty six year music teaching career in New York, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.
Professionally, Mr. Sayre has been featured on piano, organ, trombone, and voice. His music has been influenced by such greats as Bill Evans, Urbie Green, Nat King Cole, and Billy Joel. Mr. Sayre has performed extensively throughout New England for over forty years.