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Susan Russo

Viola

DC Concert Orchestra
Avanti Orchestra
CSSM
since 2001

MM & BMusEd (Temple University)

Susan Russo is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she began her musical studies in public school at age 8. Her love of music soon brought her to Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied viola with Evelyn Jacobs Luise, piano with David Pasbrig, and voice with In Young Lee. Fascinated with the learning process, she became a certified teacher of music to infants and young children and taught in the Early Childhood Music division of Temple Music Prep. After completing a degree in music education, she taught vocal and string music in a public school. She became a mentor for young teachers and a graduate assistant at Temple University, where she also earned her master’s. Meanwhile, she served as teacher and coordinator of Tenth Presbyterian Church’s Schola Cantorum, a music education ministry of the church. While in Philadelphia, Mrs. Russo performed with the Temple University Symphony orchestra, the Cairn University Symphony Orchestra, the Tenth Chamber Players, and numerous other groups. 

Mrs. Russo now lives near Washington, DC, where she homeschools her three young sons, all of whom play the violin. She performs as a soloist with the Friday Morning Music Club, as a violist with the Avanti orchestra, and as principal violist of the DC Concert Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician and frequently appears on the programs for Classical Musicians of Metro DC. She continues her musical studies with violist Daniel Foster and at the David Kim Orchestral Institute. Mrs. Russo is a member of Cheverly Baptist Church, where she serves as a children’s ministry teacher and piano accompanist. 

Mrs. Russo first taught at Csehy in 2001.