Susie was born in Salt Lake City, and began playing violin at age 8. She recalls being awed as she listened to the scores behind movies and Saturday morning cartoons. Even as a young girl, she knew she needed to be part of creating and sharing the magic of music. She thrives in the joy music can bring to both performers and listeners alike, and feels privileged to be part of that mutual collaboration.
In her youth, Susie participated in Granite Jr. Youth Symphony and later toured with the Granite Youth Symphony, acting as Concertmaster throughout High School while studying under Anne Beus and June Crosby.
After school, Susie advanced and refined her education through participation in the Mountain Springs Music Performance Clinic under Igor and Vesna Gruppman, and multiple violin and performance Masterclasses under skilled artists including Sarah Kent and Emily Ricks. She continues to refine her art with Dr. Jeremy Starr (recent Director of Orchestras and head of string studies at Emporia State University).
Susie has performed with many ensembles. She acted as Concertmaster for pit orchestras in productions of Annie, The Pajama Game, Little Abner, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Cinderella, and Once Upon a Mattress. She has played with Sounds of the Season Choir & Orchestra, and participated in an online production of The First Noel by The Gruppman International Music Institute for the Christmas Concert at Temple Square. She is also comfortable in more intimate engagements, having performed at several weddings and other private events.