Dhilanthi Fernando is a native of Sri Lanka, in Chicago since 1981, except for a 7-year break when she moved to New York and then to Switzerland. Dhilanthi is a classically trained pianist, dividing her time between performing, teaching, and choral conducting. She recently retired from The Chicago High School for the Arts, where she was on the piano faculty for seven years. She is the founder/director of the women’s choir Le Cantanti di Chicago, and the music director of First Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Dhilanthi has performance diplomas from the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music, a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the American Conservatory of Music, and a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Chicago. In a career that spans several decades, Dhilanthi considers herself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach both piano and theory, accompany and direct choirs (both concert and church) – and perform widely as soloist and accompanist in Sri Lanka, India, Chicago, New York and Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to leaving Chicago in 2003, she was on the faculty and administrative staff of the Merit School of Music, and at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chicago. In New York, she was the pianist for the United Nations choir, The "UN Singers."