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, and with Eli Haimowitz in Reno. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Haven.
In Connecticut, Ms. Olenwine was well known in the Greater New Haven area as a recitalist and accompanist. In 2001 she traveled with the Yale Alumni Chorus to Russia, England, and Wales and was the featured soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Tchaikovsky Hall, and with London’s Royal Philharmonic in St. Paul’s Cathedral. She also concretized in Austria and Denmark appearing as soloist there with the United States Air Forces Band, Glenn Miller’s legacy. She was the pianist of the Bridgeport Symphony and Orchestra New England, and performed concerti with regional symphonies. She briefly relocated to Reno, NV where she was the rehearsal pianist for Nevada Opera as well as several choral ensembles and soloists. At UNR she served as a coach and pianist for voice students and the university’s opera program.
On the administrative side of music, Ms. Olenwine was the Director of Administrative Affairs at the School of Music at Yale University for thirteen years. While there she served on the university-wide committee to create and establish a single computer platform for use throughout all Yale colleges and departments. She also held posts as the Promotion Manager for Connecticut Public Radio, Manager of the Yale Symphony, and Assistant Manager of Orchestra New England. In Reno she was the Director of Development for the Reno Philharmonic and Reno Chamber Orchestras. A move to Boulder prompted her to return to academia where she was accepted into the DMA program with a concentration in Collaborative Piano. She abbreviated that goal, and earned an MMus in 2009 in Collaborative Piano. Since then she has been active as a freelance pianist, staff pianist at Metro State University and CU, and has been deeply engaged with CU, the Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder Chorale, and Colorado Music Festival, primarily assisting with development and fundraising efforts. She has been on the Advisory Board at CU since 2010.