Saxophonist SUSAN SUMMERS is recognized as a versatile soloist and collaborative artist for her interpretations of Classical period transcriptions to the newest contemporary masterworks. She has commissioned several new pieces for saxophone, including Molly Joyce's Attainability for tenor saxophone and wind dectet, which she performed and recorded at The Delaplaine Arts Center in July 2015.
Susan has performed extensively throughout the Eastern U.S. as a featured artist. She recently made her New York City debut at Triskelion Art's CollabFest where she gave the world premiere of Justin Porter's Cosmic Meditation for saxophone + electronics + dancer. Other notable premieres include Porter's Catapult for saxophone + electronics, which was premiered at the 2015 SEAMUS Conference where it was recognized as an ASCAP Award Finalist.
Susan is committed to making thrilling, diverse music programs accessible to everyone. In the Baltimore - D.C. area, she has performed in unique public venues such as The Walters Art Museum and Bryan Voltaggio's Volt restaurant. She has also organized and performed concerts for seniors at the Valley Seniors and Friends Luncheon in addition to bringing music to the Basilica Place Senior Living Community and childcare centers in underserved areas of Baltimore as a volunteer with the Peabody Conservatory's Creative Access.
Susan extends upon her passion for new music through fulfilling marketing roles within Symphony Number One and the Maryland Wind Festival. Both non-profit organizations promote the performance of music written by emerging composers. She has also served as an external relations intern with Washington Performing Arts where she produced marketing materials for performances featuring renowned musicians who consistently bring new masterpieces to light.
Susan holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with eminent saxophonist Gary Louie. Beyond her musical career, she enjoys moving to the beat of POP Pilates and exploring the art of lettering and calligraphy.