College of Musical Arts
Director of Public Events
2114 Moore Musical Arts Center
Susan earned a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Colorado. Her principal teachers have included Larry Combs, Bil Jackson, Ted Oien, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and Doug Cornelson and she has worked under such well known clarinetists as Richard Stoltzman, Charlie Neidich, John Bruce Yeh, and David Shifrin.
As a soloist, she was a Winner in the Young Artist’s Competition sponsored by the Ft. Collins Symphony Orchestra, performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto, and a finalist in the International Clarinet Competition and the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition, among others. She has performed concertos with the Jackson Symphony, the Albion Orchestra and the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra and has presented many faculty solo recitals. An active orchestral performer, she has performed with numerous orchestras throughout Michigan and in the Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles areas. A chamber music enthusiast, she has performed masterpieces such as the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets with the Denver Symphony Orchestra’s Monarch String Quartet, at the Irving Wassermen and Bowdoin Summer Music Festivals, and with the New World String Quartet and their cellist, Ross Harbaugh, in recital.
As a teacher, she has been on the adjunct faculties of Bowling Green State University, Albion, Alma and Northwestern Michigan Colleges, the MSU Community Music School, Interlochen Arts Camp and Spring Arbor University, teaching applied clarinet, woodwind methods, chamber music, music appreciation and arts management. As a songwriter, she was a finalist in the Great Lakes Songwriting Competition and the Discovery Music Panel of the 2006 Gospel Music Association Conference. She has also written music for Glory Dance Works, a dance ensemble, and performed and arranged for her group, Grace Reflections.
Equally at home behind the stage, Susan was General Manager of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra (TSO), a professional regional orchestra, where she was responsible for concert operations, artistic planning, artist negotiations and contracts, a production budget of $500,000, grant writing, fund raising, education program development and directed the Saturday Family Symphony series and Music in the Schools program. Some of the highlights of her tenure there was the development of the Young Artist Competition, Saturday Family Symphony, the Bergonzi String Quartet Residency, the facilitation of the first TSO’s Chamber Music Series and the facilitation of a number of artistic personnel changes. In addition, she served as Executive Director for the Gaylord Chamber Orchestra and has held administrative positions with the Central City Opera House Association, Northwest Michigan Children’s Choir, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Michigan Technological University and has served as an arts management consultant.