For nearly forty years, Lily Pan Diehl
has run a successful and financially viable piano studio in Loma Linda, California.
Even though she had three graduate degrees and a secure university position, she took the risk of stepping out on her own and starting a private studio because she had found greater satisfaction in working with young students at the most impressionable period of their lives.
Additionally, the flexibility of having a private studio enabled her
to continue to perform as a soloist and devote more time to her
Diehl, a pianist, singer, and musical prodigy, was born in the Philippines, the daughter of Philippine Union College (now Philippine Adventist University) professor and Mrs. L. L. Pan.
Diehl instead completed a B.Mus. in 1966 at Santa Isabel College, the oldest Catholic girls' school in the Philippines, graduating at age eighteen as the youngest in her class and with highest honors.
In that same year she
won first place in the Manila Symphony Society's national Young Artist competition, under the patronage of President Marcos, and was featured soloist with the Filipino Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Beethoven's
Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb, the "Emperor."
was also offered a position at Kingsway College
in Canada in 1966.
The day before leaving for Canada she
learned that she
was the recipient of a scholarship award by the Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines
After teaching for a year at KC, Diehl enrolled at Andrews University in 1967 and completed an M.Mus. in music education summa cum laude with piano as her performance area in 1968.
then taught in the university program.
While at AU, she
met and married Hans Diehl, a talented musician and pre-medicine student.
She subsequently completed an M.Mus. in piano performance at the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California.
Sources: Information provided by and conversations with Lily Pan Diehl in 2001; B.B. Alsaybur, "Firm as a Rock for Principle," Far Eastern Division Outlook , January 1964, 10, and October 1966, 16; The Canadian Union Messenger, 25 December 1968, 519; The Lake Union Herald , 16 September 1969, 12; The Central union Reaper, 5 January 1971, 10; The Atlantic Union Gleaner, 25 April 1972, 6; Dan Shultz, "The Lily Diehl Music Studio," IAMA Notes, Winter/Spring 2001, 11,12.