Susanne Peck: Conductor, Singer, Educator
Susanne Peck was founder and director of Westchester's finest
vocal ensemble, Charis Chamber Voices, whose second CD, a
Christmas recording entitled Hoping It Might Be So, was released in 2003.
Charis presents concerts of diverse, superb choral works from
old to brand new and has been a featured ensemble at the Dennis Keene
Choral Festival in Kent, CT, as well as with Philharmonia
Virtuosi (Richard Kapp, director) and the Soclair Music
Festival (Edward Brewer, director).
Ms Peck is also founder and former director of Cerddorion Vocal
Ensemble in New York City. She has prepared choirs for the New
York City Ballet, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Dennis Keene Choral Festival,
and the Hudson Valley Opera. She has
prepared and conducted choirs for St. Peter's Choral Festival in
Bayshore, NY, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Church of the
Ascension and Central Presbyterian Church in New York
City. In past seasons she has directed a full-stage production of
Gilbert & Sullivan's Mikado in Irvington, NY, a complete
Messiah with Baroque Orchestra and renown soloists in historic
Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, Bach and Finzi
Magnificats at All Soul's Unitarian Church in NYC
(upon which program she also sang Mozart's Exultate
Jubilate for soprano with orchestra.) Ms Peck served as choir director at
South Presbyterian Church in
Dobbs Ferry for three years.
Ms Peck is also former Music Director of the Foundation for
Universal Sacred Music, under whose auspices the first concert of newly
commissioned choral works performed by professional singers and instrumentalists
was presented in Merkin Concert Hall, NYC. The Foundation also produced
two concerts of newly commissioned choral music in October 2005 at the
Society for Ethical Culture, NYC.
An acclaimed soprano soloist, Ms Peck has appeared and recorded with many
leading ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival, Voices of
Ascension, New York City Ballet, the Waverly Consort, Concert Royal
Baroque Opera Co., Seattle Baroque Orchestra, the New York Collegium
and Musica Sacra. Ms. Peck was winner of the 1990 Schubertiade Lieder
Competition at the 92nd Street Y in NYC. She has sung in Eastern and
Western Europe, Japan, Taiwan, South America and throughout the United States.
Ms Peck has taught at the Horace Mann School, Lehigh University and
Jersey City State College, where she also was director of the college
choir. She has been guest artist and coach at the Apple Hill Chamber Music
Festival in New Hampshire and also functioned as Assistant Artistic Director
of the Dennis Keene Choral Festival. Ms Peck has alsob been a member of the
faculty at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale.
Susanne is also an accomplished portrait artist, her work can be seen at