Dr. Diana Allan, soprano, has appeared in operatic and concert performances throughout the Mid- and Southwest. She has also performed in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Brazil. Dr. Allan has sung such leading operatic roles as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, Rosalinda in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Leatitia in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and has extensive oratorio experience. In addition to operatic and oratorio performances, Dr. Allan created the role of Eeba Streeba, a character in the children’s television program, Cat Paws in Motion, which has aired on Public Broadcasting Stations throughout the United States.
In addition to her own public performing, Dr. Allan has over 25 years university level teaching experience and currently teaches on the faculty of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her current research interests include mindfulness, mindful learning, cognitive strategies for performers and incorporating the teaching of those strategies in applied music instruction.
With over two decades of teaching experience Dr. Allan has worked with performers of all ages and all performance levels who have achieved success, however, many have struggled with performance issues such as confidence, trust, limiting beliefs, focus, motivation, fear, and anxiety. In her experience, it became increasingly apparent that technical skill was not the only kind of skill development that was necessary for performers to enjoy strong and successful performances. Dr. Allan has done extensive study in counseling, cognitive-behavioral strategies, sport psychology, and is a certified Mental Game Coaching Professional (MGCP).
Using her MGCP training, Dr. Allan, Peak Performance Coach, works with musicians to help them identify and assess their performance strengths and challenges, to formulate customized peak performance plans, and to learn and improve the mental skills that can lead to peak performances. She also presents to teachers to help them empower performers.
Dr. Allan is co-author of The Relaxed Musician: Mental Preparation for Confident Performances. Peak Performance for Musicians has a readership of performers from 151 countries and she has coached or worked with performers throughout the United States, Ireland, Australia, Nigeria, and Iran.
Dr. Allan enjoys making music with her family in San Antonio, Texas—husband, former horn player and conductor, Dr. Donald Hodges; son, Dr. Brian Hodges, cello professor at Boise State University; daughter-in-law, Dr. Betsi Hodges, collaborative pianist, and granddaughter Clara, budding musician.