Diana Malan, Adjunct Instructor of Vocal Music, and former Chair of the Division of Fine Arts, has been at Missouri Valley College for over thirty years. She retired from full teaching in May 2016 and now serves the music department in an adjunct teaching capacity. Over her years at Valley she served the college in a variety of positions. Prior to accepting a full time teaching position, she served as the Director for Career Planning and Placement and was also the College Registrar for eight years. Throughout the years she has been active on numerous college committees as well as being selected as a faculty representative to the Board for two different terms. Diana earned a BS degree in Speech and Theatre and Music Education from Missouri Valley College, and an MA in Theatre from Lindenwood University.
Diana presently serves as the Director for the Valley Connection Show Choir and works with applied voice students. During her full time teaching years she was involved in over 70 MVC theatrical productions (both as Director and Musical Director), taught courses for both music and theatre, and served as the faculty sponsor for Alpha Psi Omega. Her vocal groups have been selected to perform at Disneyworld and Universal Studios. They have also performed at locations in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, St Louis, Nassau Bahamas and on the Carnival Cruise Line. Her vocal students have been selected to participate with the College Honor Choirs for the ACDA convention in Kansas City and at Missouri Music Educators conferences.
Diana is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Alpha Sigma Tau (Senior Scholastic Honor Society), NAFME and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association). She has been recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, was honored with the John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award, the Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award, the Missouri Valley College Women's Hall of Fame Outstanding Woman award and honored with the MVC Outstanding Alumni Award. She also received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award for Musical Direction for Pippin.
Her teaching/research interest is in choral direction, musical theatre, and voice.