Dr. Diana Sipes is a Professor of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she has taught since 2002. She served as Chair of the Department of Music for five years prior to her present role as Associate Dean for the School of Arts, Media & Communication in the College of Liberal Arts. Besides applied flute and flute ensemble, her teaching areas have included music theory, music history, and flute techniques courses. She has been principal flute with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and with the Victoria (TX) Symphony Orchestra since 1997. She previously performed with orchestras in South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, and Louisiana.
She earned a Bachelor of Music Education with a Performance Certificate and a Master of Music Education from the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Musical Arts in flute performance with a theory minor from Louisiana State University. As a university student, her performance honors included placing as National Level First Runner-Up in the Woodwinds Division of the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Competition. More recently, she won alto flute positions five times in the annual National Flute Association (NFA) Professional Flute Choir competitions, and she was selected to perform in recitals at the 2011 and 2020 NFA conventions. As a soloist, she has performed with the Corpus Christi Symphony, Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi Area Youth Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, and with numerous university ensembles. Besides orchestral performance, Dr. Sipes remains active as a recitalist, chamber musician, clinician, and adjudicator. Under her direction, university flute students have won positions in the NFA Collegiate Flute Choir several times. She also currently serves as President-Elect of the Texas Association of Music Schools.