Diane Loomer (Kolander)
(1940 - 2012)

Diane Loomer (Kolander)

Minnesota, United States of America
April 23, 1940

British Columbia, Canada
December 10, 2012

choral music
Although I have never sung in one of Diane's choirs, I have been her sister-in-law for almost 50 years. She was a best friend and a model for living. My granddaughter said she thought the choir sounded like it would when Jesus comes back to earth.
Judy Giese
December 11th, 2013
It was the Christmas season, 2004. Diane was acting director of Christ Church Cathedral choir and I was organist. I was grateful for her patience and encouragement, so lovingly given. I remember her fondly, especially at Christmas.
Ginger Shaw
December 10th, 2013
Diane: such an amazing, loving, wonderful person even outside of the choral accomplishments! I always aspired to be more like you (not even close...). We miss you a lot but we're all keepin' on singing, as we know you are too. Much, much love.
Katie Longworth
February 10th, 2013
Diane was the instigator who urged us to form an East Coast equivalent to Chor Leoni - Nova Voce, Nova Scotia's Men's choir has some 43 men now and has a well established reputation . We will miss her and her encouragement. Many thanks Diane .
Duncan Miller
January 16th, 2013
I will remember Diane from what I consider one of her favourite words-remarkable. She's left such an impression on me as singer and administrator; never hesitated to pass on her wealth of information for the musical and business side of the arts.
Maggie Van Seters
January 15th, 2013
20 years ago, Diane invited me to audition for her new choir, Chor Leoni. For 20 years she inspired me to be a better singer, but more importantly, a better person through her example. I loved her like a second mother. Thanks for everything, Diane
Mark MacDonald
January 13th, 2013
I am thinking of Diane tonight as her memorial is being held at the Chan Centre. Attending Chorus America board meetings this weekend - we are all deeply saddened, but also grateful for the incredible contribution she made to so many over the years
Leonard Ratzlaff
January 11th, 2013
My six years singing with Elektra were the most special musical years of my life. I will never, ever forget Diane's beautiful face as she led our choir with love, grace and radiance. So, so special. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Heidi Allen
January 11th, 2013
I consider it the greatest privilege and honour to have known Diane as a friend and musician. My only regret is that I lived on the wrong coast and I treasure those all too infrequent times when I was able to sing under her inspired direction.
Carolyn Nielsen
January 10th, 2013
I dropped by one evening, I could hear the D.C. Amabilis Choir rehersing, I sat alone, oh how I wanted to sing, but had never, she turned around and invited me up on stage...She gave me such a gift 20 years of family and non-stop singing! B.A.
Bruce Armstrong
January 10th, 2013
Friend, colleague, role model, creator, and leader, with a generous spirit and a gracious manner, you are loved by many and will be missed greatly, but your light and influence will continue. Deepest sympathy to Dick and family as well as to Diane’
Victoria Meredith
January 10th, 2013
I only met Diane once this summer for Chor Leoni's Adriatic Prowl and I'm lucky to have met such a great lady. She will never be forgotten. RIP Ms. Loomer
Dunja Kazic
January 9th, 2013
Diane was pure sunshine and joy. She didn't have to try to spread it - it simply shone out directly from her heart. Thanks Diane for sharing this brilliant light. I'll keep your going as I conduct our 70 voice Salt Spring Singers!
Don Conley
January 9th, 2013
Lover of music, great musician, inspired musical programmer and conductor - definitely. But always the first word that comes to my mind when I think of Diane is "friend." I miss you so much. Thank you for everything. xox
Bruce Hoffman
January 8th, 2013


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