Dianne Peterson, executive director of The Washington Chorus, has an extensive background in the performing arts and business management, as well as music education. Under Ms. Peterson’s leadership as general manager and executive director for 30 years, the Grammy-winning Chorus has become one of the region’s premier arts organizations and one of the largest-budget choruses in the nation. In addition to her executive leadership role, she sang with The Washington Chorus for 22 years. Prior to her many years with The Washington Chorus, she had a career in fashion as a buyer for a national retail firm, with responsibility for a multi-million-dollar budget. In addition to being a lifelong solo and choral singer, her early work experience includes teaching vocal music in the New York City area and France. She has served on numerous arts panels and boards throughout her career, including serving as a board member and an officer of Chorus America. She was also a trustee and past vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The Recording Academy. During her tenure The Washington Chorus has received the Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award and, this year, the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. Ms. Peterson is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music where she received a BA and an MA in vocal performance and musicology.