Susan LeMaster

Jazz Singer, Program Advisor, Carnegie Hall, NYC

In January 2008, Maestro Jonathan Griffith in-vited Susan to New York City to sing Karl Jen-kins works, “Requiem” and “The Armed Man” in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. This was Susan’s second appearance at Carnegie Hall. In 1989, she facilitated Dr. Griffith’s conducting de-but, presenting Eric Funk’s world premiere of “Pamelia”. In March, Susan was chosen as one of eight Program Advisors for DCINY. In that role she will work with musical directors throughout the United States to guide them to their concert performances in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In addition DCINY offers performance venues Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Town Hall. Susan has been an active vocalist in the Portland jazz community and church choirs for the past 20 years including 5 years at Ainsworth United Church of Christ and the past 6 years at First Unitarian Universalist Church in down town Portland. She has studied with Tom Blaylock and Mark Bosnian and currently sings under the direction of Joan Szymko at First Church in Portland. She serves as a Music & Arts Committee member developing music education and special community projects for the Unitarian Church. With professional qualifications in civil engineering, Susan brings skills of project devel-opment, management, and analysis to the creative, collaborative process. Throughout her professional career she had maintained involvement with artistic events, perform-ance, organizations and artists. Her accomplishments include a solo career as a jazz vo-calist, performing in Portland’s key venues; performing major choral works under the di-rection of Mark Slegers and Joan Szymko of the Aurora Chorus; featured soloist for big bands Pork Pie and the Jazz Express; and many presentations for special events. As a Co-Founder, Susan works with Northwest Artists Management to develop the pro-gram “Sentimental Journey”, featuring Oregon’s Poet Laureate, Lawson Inada. This dis-tinctive work highlights Inada’s poetic talent with his deep love for jazz as he relates life stories of his Japanese-American experience. Sentimental Journey continues to mature as audiences respond enthusiastically to the sound and soul of this work.

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