In addition to her appearances with LACO, Susan performs regularly with LA Opera and other local orchestras and chamber music groups. She also performs and coaches chamber music every summer as a faculty member of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival and has been a coach for the Junior Chamber Music program for the past two years. Before joining LACO, she was assistant concertmaster for the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. In 1998, she served as the concertmaster for a two-month run of Matthew Bourne’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 1994, Susan was immersed in the world of string quartets. As a member of the Anacapa and Rider quartets, she performed throughout the United States and collaborated with such distinguished groups as the Colorado and Muir String quartets.

Susan has recorded on the Nonesuch label in Steve Reich’s You Are and on CRI in William Kraft’s Quartet for the Love of Time. She has also recorded with LACO in Ned Rorem’s More than a Day featuring Brian Asawa on BMG and in the Bach violin concertos with Hilary Hahn, Margaret Batjer and Allan Vogel as soloists on Deutsche Grammophon. She can be heard on many pop and jazz albums, as well as on the soundtracks of many major motion pictures.

Susan holds a Bachelor’s degree in performance from Indiana University and a Master’s degree from UCSB, where she was in the Young Artists String Quartet program.

2019-20 Orchestral Series

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s vibrant and engaging 2019-20 Orchestral Series showcases the ensemble’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of regal classics and music from today’s leading composers.

Bottled at the source

Juan Pablo Contreras, LACO’s on-deck Sound Investment composer, taps the wellspring of his Mexican heritage and the spirit of great nationalist composers in his latest work.

reframe & rearrange

LACO is working alongside Derrick Spiva Jr. — a classical music composer and LACO’s newly appointed artist-educator — to reimagine music education as an opportunity for youth to celebrate cultural differences.