Diane Loomer (Kolander)
(1940 - 2012)

Diane Loomer (Kolander)

Minnesota, United States of America
April 23, 1940

British Columbia, Canada
December 10, 2012

choral music
Diane Mary Loomer (née Kolander) was born in St. Paul, Minn., on April 23, 1940, to an American-born German father and Norwegian mother.
Graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor of Arts.
Married Richard Loomer
Lived in Portland, Oregon for a year. Diane worked at Mount Hood as a ski instructor while Dick did an internship.
Moved to Vancouver, BC.
Graduates from UBC with a Bachelor of Music degree and is asked by professor Richard Kitson to conduct the newly formed Douglas College Community Choir.
Apprentices to Jon Washburn, conductor of Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Co-founds with Morna Edmundson the Elektra Women's Choir. Despite naysayers who said it couldn't be done, they continued as friends, co-founders and co-conductors for 22 years and Elektra became known as one of the world's preeminent women's ensembles.
Receives the BC Choral Federation's Healey Willan Award in 1990 for her service to choral music in the province.
Diane and Dick found Cypress Choral Music.
Founds Chor Leoni Men's Choir.
Conducts the UBC Choral Union from 1993 - 1999.
Diane was named YWCA Vancouver’s Woman of Distinction for Arts and Culture.
Was the first woman to conduct the National Youth Choir of Canada.
Named a distinguished alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Receives the Order of Canada.
Receives the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to Canada’s culture.
Appointed by University of Victoria to the University Women’s Scholar Lecture Series.
named a distinguished alumnus of Douglas College.
Was appointed conductor emerita at Dalhousie University
Founds EnChor, an auditioned choir for singers over the age of 55.
Named a Paul Harris Fellow to the International Rotary Foundation for her tangible and significant assistance for furthering better understanding among peoples of the world.
Association of Canadian Choral Communities presents Diane with their Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her work promoting choral music in Canada.
Receives honorary Doctor of Letters degree from University of British Columbia.
Receives the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Receives honorary doctorate of fine arts from Gustavus Adolphus College



"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


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