Susan Schuman, Assistant Conductor & Accompanist
Susan Schuman is an active accompanist and coach in the Western New York area, known for her work with both instrumentalists and vocal soloists. A frequent performer in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing piano, celesta, harpsichord and organ, she can be heard on many BPO recordings including organ soloist on the CD Respighi Church Windows. Susan has been accompanist for the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition since its inception in 2004 and worked as the BPO’s soloist rehearsal accompanist for many conductors, including JoAnn Falletta, Maximiano Valdes, Matthew Kraemer, Marvin Hamlisch, Erin Freeman, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Keith Lockhart.
Susan is an active accompanist of BPO members solo recitals as well as faculty, graduate and undergraduate degree recitals at Eastman School of Music, Fredonia State College, University of Buffalo, Buffalo State College and Canisius College. Collaborative performances in 13-14 include a faculty recital with BPO principal bassoonist Glenn Einschlag, a Friend’s of Vienna recital with BPO violist Kate Holzemer and a faculty recital with BPO tuba player Don Harry at the Eastman School of Music. Other recent appearances include a Jackie Evancho concert at Artpark, rehearsal accompanist for the BPO’s staged version of Kiss Me Kate, a recording of Roland Martin’s music with The Freudig Singers and a performance of Jan Harbison’s November 19, 1828 with the Buffalo Chamber Players. She has also worked with guitarist Michael Andriaccio in his preparation for a world premiere recording of Michael Colina’s Goyescana with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Susan is principal accompanist and assistant conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, piano faculty at Buffalo State College, and the Director of Music/Organist at Knox United Presbyterian Church in Kenmore. She also maintains a private piano and coaching studio.
A graduate of the University of Buffalo with a degree in piano performance, she has also attended Ithaca College and Harvard University.