Currently Teaching: Music Academy
Susan Olenwine earned both Bachelor and Master Degrees in performance at Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Constance Keene and Artur Balsam. She had additional studies in accompanying with Samuel Sanders at the Juilliard School, and coached with Bruce Simonds and Ward Davenny at the Yale School of Music. She also holds an MBA from the University of New Haven, and a MMus in Collaborative Piano from the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied with Anne Epperson.
Formerly from Connecticut, she traveled with the Yale Alumni Chorus to Russia, England, and Wales and was the featured soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at Tchaikovsky Hall, and with London’s Royal Philharmonic in St. Paul’s Cathedral. She also concertized in Austria and Denmark appearing as soloist with the United States Air Forces Band.
In Connecticut Ms. Olenwine was an orchestral pianist and performed concerti with regional symphonies as well as solo and ensemble recitals. In Reno, Nevada she was pianist for Nevada Opera, staff pianist at University of Nevada/Reno, and performed regularly in Reno’s annual Artown festival with recital programs featuring American music.
Ms. Olenwine has held the position of staff pianist at both Metro State University and CU/Boulder. She currently resides in Boulder where she freelances with other musicians, and is the pianist for the Boulder Chorale. In the summer of 2013 she made her conducting debut with a small ensemble from the chorale with performances in the Czech Republic and Poland.