Suzanne Herman, a native Floridian, is a performing artist of classical, jazz, sacred, and contemporary piano solo music. After many musical and personal accomplishments, Suzanne has begun to record her own original compositions; she also personally transcribes, notates, and edits her works. Her first extended play album, Lifeline, was composed in honor of her brother, Raymond, whose tragic and untimely death in 2014 was a tremendous loss. Suzanne is also an instructor, accompanist, orchestral soloist, adjudicator, and clinician. Additionally, Suzanne has held positions at numerous churches throughout her career as pianist, organist, and Director of Music.
Music is in Suzanne’s genes, as her parents are both musically inclined. Her father is a vocalist who performs in churches, and her mother is a professional pianist who teaches and frequently performs. Suzanne’s passion for music began at an early age when she studied with master teacher Gray Perry; she won numerous awards and recognitions, and was classified as a professional musician by the age of 14. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where her master teachers were Freeman Koberstein, Elizabeth Lasley, and Jack Radunsky. Her musical education continued at Bowling Green State University. Here, she earned a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance, and she was a pupil of concert artists Frances Burnette and Jerome Rose. After completing her formal education, Suzanne took on the Big Apple, performing throughout New York City.
Presently, Suzanne owns an independent piano and composition teaching studio with over 40 students. As a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the National Music Teachers’ Association, Suzanne endeavors to inspire her students in the same way that her instructors inspired her. Under her tutelage, many of her students have won local, state, regional, and national awards.
“Music evokes and creates emotions. It calms, excites, and helps us push through. Music celebrates our joys and triumphs; it helps us during our greatest sadness and grief. Music inspires and heals.”
Suzanne is not only a passionate musician, but she is also a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She cherishes the support and love of her husband, Jeff, and her dynamic and caring daughters, Laura and Emily. In 2011, Suzanne began a long battle with metastatic cancer, an experience that taught her to take life one day at a time, keep a positive attitude, and remain strong in her faith. As of May 2017, she has been in remission and continues to pursue her musical career.
After many musical and personal accomplishments, Suzanne has begun to record her own original compositions. Her first extended play album, Lifeline, was composed in honor of her brother, Raymond, whose tragic and untimely death in 2014 was a tremendous loss. This EP thus reflects the emotions when coping with grief. Suzanne’s second extended play album, Horizons, was composed as a reminder of the wonderment in the experiences and places of our lives. The third release, Cheerful Explorations, is the first in a series of instructional songbooks. Cheerful Explorations was composed for aspiring, young students, highlighting their pianistic learning and development of a life-long appreciation for music.
Suzanne’s most recent album is Cascades of Time. These ten piano solos reflect changes we all encounter as time quickly passes and never stands still.
According to Suzanne, “music evokes and creates emotions. It calms, excites, and helps us push through. Music celebrates our joys and triumphs; it helps us during our greatest sadness and grief. Music inspires and heals.”