"...a poet capable of speaking about the highest things through her hands..."



"She possesses a musical sensitivity that quickly leads her to a deep and subtle musical understanding..."



                                                                                             ~ Sergei Babayan

 

Susan Schoeffler maintains a diverse career as a chamber musician, accompanist and pedagogue.  She holds both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Vitya Vronsky-Babin and Sergei Babayan.  She has performed in masterclasses for renowned pianists Claude Frank, Lilian Kallir and Barry Snyder, in addition to coachings with Jerome Lowenthal, Warren Jones and Arlene Auger.  In 1993, Ms. Schoeffler participated in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Masterclasses.  In addition, she is a recipient of the Sadie Zellen Prize in Piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music.


Ms. Schoeffler has had a violin-piano duo with Kim Nolen-Gomez, violinist in the Cleveland Orchestra, for over 10 years.  With the duo, Ms. Schoeffler has performed in numerous venues including Severance Hall: Day of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music “Lunch and Listen” Series, the Cleveland Chamber Collective, the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Shaker Heights Concert Series, the Kentucky School of the Blind, and the Broadway School of the Arts.  They have also been featured on radio broadcasts such as WCLV, Cleveland: Mozart Festival and Severance Hall: Day of Music.


In addition to her work as a chamber musician, Ms. Schoeffler has served as an accompanist for both vocalists and instrumentalists.  She is currently on the accompanying staff at Baldwin Wallace University and was a pianist at Oberlin in Italy (Arezzo, Italy) during Summer 2017. Prior to her appointment at BW, she was the accompanist at Indiana University String Academy for the cello studio of Susan Moses Bloom, and was invited for the summers of 2011 and 2012 to serve as pianist for the studios of Csaba Onczay and Susan Moses Bloom during the IU Summer String Academy.  Ms. Schoeffler has also served as the vocal accompanist for private students of Clifford Billions and Dr. Mary Schiller of the Cleveland Institute of Music.  From 2003-2004 she served as the vocal accompanist at the Cleveland Institute of Music for students of Dr. Mary Schiller and in 2004 she was the rehearsal pianist for Duke University’s Opera Production of The Barber of Seville.  Ms. Schoeffler has also accompanied students for numerous competitions and auditions.


As a pedagogue, Ms. Schoeffler has served on the Adjunct Faculty of Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) where she taught undergraduate lessons and coached vocal and instrumental students and taught at Beck Center for the Arts (Lakewood, OH).  Currently she is Adjunct Faculty at Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, OH), head of the piano department at Ashland University, and maintains a full schedule of private students at her home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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