Trumpeter, Susan Rider, resides in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and has an active career as an orchestral, wind band, chamber, and solo performer. In the region she has performed with various ensembles including the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Columbia Pro Cantare Festival Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Harrisburg Symphony, Snark Ensemble, and the Cathedral Choral Society Orchestra. In addition, she is a member of the Stiletto Brass Quintet, Monarch Brass, and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band where she regularly performs at the White House, on national concert tours, and in ceremonies and concerts around the DC area.
A native Iowan, she lived in Southern Indiana and West Texas before moving to the east coast. Previously Susan performed as a member of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, West Texas Symphony (formerly the Midland/Odessa Symphony) and Lone Star Brass Quintet. Additionally, she has performed with the Evansville Philharmonic and New World Symphony.
As a soloist, Susan has been featured with several ensembles to include The Hannaford Street Silver Brass Band (Canada), The Volga Band (Russia), Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra (VA), Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (GA), The Louisville Winds, California State University Northridge Wind Ensemble, Fort Dodge Area Orchestra (IA), and “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. She has performed in ensemble and as a featured soloist at various music conferences, among them The Midwest Clinic, International Women’s Brass Conference, and the International Trumpet Guild. In addition, Susan has enjoyed opportunities to perform with a wide range of notable musicians from classical, jazz, and popular mediums and in many of the distinguished concert venues of the world.
As an educator, Susan has held positions as adjunct faculty at Purdue and Shenandoah Universities; as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University; and as a private trumpet/cornet instructor for the Ector County Independent School District in Odessa, Texas. Her educational outreach has included in-person and virtual masterclasses/clinics/festivals nationally and internationally, and she maintains a private teaching studio in Northern Virginia.
Susan completed her musical education at the University of Northern Iowa (B.M.), and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (M.M. and D.M.). She is grateful for the guidance and instruction she received from her master trumpet teachers/performers Keith Johnson, Randy Grabowski, Charles Gorham, and Edmund Cord.
Susan Rider’s performance is in an unofficial capacity and neither “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, the U.S. Marine Corps nor any component of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government has endorsed this activity.