Diana Ortega began music on the bassoon at age of 12, and shortly after a year of playing music was accepted into the preparatory program at the Juilliard School. Ms. Ortega began her high school years at the “ fame school ” formally known as LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. She holds a B.M. from New England Conservatory, has course work in music performance and bassoon pedagogy from the Jacobs School of Music, and training in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Dalcroze institute at the Juilliard School. She has studied privately with Gregg Henegar, Suzanne Nelsen, William Ludwig, Marc Goldberg, and Monica Ellis ; coached by Imani Winds and the Quintet of the Americas.
Ms. Ortega has performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Camerata New York Orchestra, Litha Chamber Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, La Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, New England Conservatory Philharmonic Orchestra, has subbed in Imani Winds and with Altius Winds and has subbed for the New Jersey Symphony Wind Quintet. She is currently a freelance bassoonist and the founding Member of Altius Winds www.altiuswinds.com.
Ms. Ortega is also a teaching artist that specializes in integrating the arts with the English Language Arts and STEM Common Core Standards. She has helped start the music program at the Children's Aid Society CS61, created its curriculum and co - teaches it's music program. She is a Professional Developer for Active Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL) program grades K - 5 at LeAp and facilitates its Music professional development workshops at New York University.