Meredith Arwady, contralto

“From her wonderful playing to her understanding of how a singer needs to approach an aria, Susan stands out among coaches I’ve worked with as a true singer’s coach.”  Meredith Arwady, contralto…

Amanda Robie, mezzo-soprano

“Both the master class and the individual consultation were extremely refreshing and valuable.  I appreciate your candid opinion and advice… It was great to get an honest opinion… It was also very helpful to get repertoire suggestions that will further showcase my strengths.  Most importantly, the exercises you gave us are invaluable.  I have already started to incorporate some in my practice and look forward to doing the work and hearing the results.”  Amanda Robie, mezzo-soprano…

Mikael Eliasen, Curtis Opera Theatre

“Susan is a wonderfully gifted coach and musician.  The singers at the Curtis Institute of Music have, over the years, benefited greatly from her artistry, expertise, and generosity of spirit.”  Mikael Eliasen, Hirsig Family Head of Department Chair in Vocal Studies and Artistic Director of the Curtis Opera Theatre

Peter Russell on Building and Managing Your Network

Peter Russell, Opera Professional:

I just finished skimming the latest PERSPECTIVES publication, which I received yesterday.  Please accept my warmest compliments for what I feel is the strongest of these particular niche publications for singers to-date.  I’m impressed by the diversity of voices, and yet there are sufficient threads of unanimity throughout so that young singers will pick up on several critical, universal truths.  Or truthinesses, for those of us who adore Stephen Colbert….

Anyway, well done.

Robynne Redmon, mezzo-soprano and Assistant Professor University of Miami

“Your masterclass has helped me in my own singing- especially in my approach to preparation. I hope you are coming back next year!”  Robynne Redmon, Opera Singer and Assistant Professor, University of Miami

David Pittsinger, bass-baritone

“Susan’s attention to and knowledge of musical styles, along with her technical articulation, be it in the orchestra pit, at the keyboard, in a classroom or rehearsal setting, has always proved to be exhilarating, imaginative, and stylized.  Her musical tastes, and musicianship are impeccable, as are her abilities to accompany and choose/recommend repertoire suitable and challenging for ALL voices.   Her ability to draw performances out of her artists makes Susan a rare bread of musician, performer, coach and master programmer.”    David Pittsinger, bass-baritone…

Melissa Shippen, soprano

“I am enjoying really slowing down my practice process and feel I am starting to hear the benefits already… I truly enjoy your detailed work and amazing ears.”  Melissa Shippen, soprano…

Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director, Dallas Opera

“I just wanted to congratulate you on (Opera Ameria’s Perspectives) “Building and Managing Your Network.”  I read it last night, and I thought you did a wonderful job coordinating it.”  Jonathan Pell, Artistic Director, Dallas Opera

Keenan Boswell, Collaborative Pianist

“You are wonderful.  Your masterclass gave me confidence and energy for this (CoOPERAtive) program.  We were having so much fun tonight.”  Keenan Boswell, collaborative pianist, (CoOPERAtive Program, Westminster Choir College of Rider University)

Hannah Guinn, Fort Worth Opera

“Thank you so much for coming to Forth Worth!  The singers all felt they received invaluable help and advice from you, and I feel the same.  I’m looking forward to bringing you back next year.”  Hannah Guinn, Fort Worth Opera