Suzanne Sheppard began her musical training at the piano at the age of three and was composing pieces at age eight. Today, she is an accomplished pianist, published composer and experienced educator who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music from the same institution and a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory.
A highly versatile pianist, Suzanne has extensive performance experience in diverse venues, including the classical concert hall, the theater, ballet and modern dance classes and the church. She has served as Principal Pianist for the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, Accompanist for the professional ensemble Labyrinth Choir, and Pianist for the Live Piano Music Program at T. F. Green Airport, Providence, RI. Since 2013, Suzanne has been performing regularly with The Sheppard Sisters, a vocal and piano duo that she co-founded with her sister, mezzo-soprano Lisa Sheppard Hadley. The duo has received several grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
As a composer, Suzanne has earned numerous honors and awards for her original work, including prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP and the Composers Guild. While a student, she was awarded a Full-Tuition Fellowship for graduate study in Music Composition at the University of Michigan, as well as the Dissertation Fellowship at the same institution. Suzanne is published by C.F. Peters Corp. Currently, she is in the process of editing original, solo piano pieces for students that are gradually becoming available in digital print form on www.SheetMusicPlus.com.
As an educator, Suzanne continues to maintain her private teaching studio of Piano and Music Composition where she has successfully taught students of all ages and levels for more than 20 years. She also taught piano at Rhode Island College as an Adjunct Instructor and was a Teaching Assistant in Music Composition and Theory at the University of Michigan. Suzanne continues to bring her expertise to various community music schools as well. For more detailed information, please refer to Suzanne’s CV.