Diana Mayne Photo by Hillary Saxton
     Diana Mayne is a versatile violist, equally at home playing for a bar full of metalheads as she is performing in a Sunday afternoon Bach concert. She began playing the viola at the age of eight in her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, and soon after began studying with Sally Didrickson. In her senior year of high school, Diana was the recipient of the Joanne Murphy Trautwein Music Scholarship.

She then attended the University of Iowa, where she studied with Christine Rutledge. Diana also spent the summers of 2009 and 2010 at Brevard Music Center, studying with Maggie Snyder. During her college years, Diana performed in solo master classes for such influential violists as Roberto Díaz, David Dalton, and Daniel Avshalomov, and performed under the batons of such prominent conductors as JoAnn Falletta, Keith Lockhart, Matthias Bamert, Larry Rachleff, and Andrew Grams. Diana also became a founding member of University of Iowa's free improvisation ensemble, Latitude, and began studying rock/metal viola.

In 2011, Diana earned her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from The University of Iowa, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with Honors in Music and High Distinction, and earning membership in the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.

Diana then continued her rock/metal viola studies with Chuck Bontrager in Chicago. She currently performs and writes as a member of the Chicago-based folk/pop/blues band Burnside & Hooker as well as the hard rock/metal band Sad Monster Party, and was formerly a member of the Irish band Fionnghlas and the theatrical band Candy Town. While playing in Chicago, Diana has had the honor of performing with bands at such prestigious venues as the House of Blues, the Metro, Navy Pier, Lincoln Hall, Reggie's Rock Club, Schuba's, the Beat Kitchen, Double Door, Logan Square's Orchestra Hall Presents, the Hard Rock Cafe, Chicago Irish Fest, Guinness Oyster Fest, Andersonville Midsommarfest, Green Music Fest, and WGN Midday News. Diana plays an acoustic viola made by Martin Biller, and a 7-string electric viola custom-made by John Jordan.