Born in Meaford, Ontario, Susan first studied piano with Esme Crichton of Meaford and then Shirley Hawkins of Owen Sound. The Kiwanis music festival was always the highlight of the year for her, growing up in Grey County. Susan participated not only in piano classes, but also violin, choirs, chamber music and school orchestra. Susan obtained her ARCT in 1986 and was awarded scholarships for Best Piano Performance from 1984 to 1986 at the Grey County Kiwanis Festival. She has also performed at the Provincial Kiwanis Music Competition and with the Georgian Bay Symphony, as well as for the Blue Mountain Festival of the Arts.
Susan studied at the University of Toronto with Patricia Parr and Boyanna Toyich, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1990. She was one of the first graduates of the Licentiate Diploma in Performance and Pedagogy in what is now the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (1992), and also received her Fellowship Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, London.
Susan was on the piano faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music from 1991 to 1999, and has been a member of the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners since 1993. Susan is currently president of the Kitchener-Waterloo branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and has served twice on ORMTA Provincial Council. She is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association and has traveled across Canada for her adjudicating and examining. Susan enjoys her private piano studio in Kitchener, and teaches students of all ages.