Susan Pardue


Susan Pardue is a Fulbright Scholar who did her post-graduate study as La Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy. Pardue loved her experience in Fiesole because ‘I didn’t have to explain what a viola was to anyone.’

What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I have tremendous respect for the musicians I play with and the music that we play.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
I would probably be involved with helping people in some other way.

What do you do in your spare time (other than practice!)?
I mostly practice, but I also spend time playing chamber music, teaching and running.

What is your favorite thing about being a professional musician?
I love being able to help others through music, but my favorite thing about being a professional musician is being able to play with other professional musicians.

What sport(s) do you participate in?

Do you have a favorite team?
Alabama is my favorite football team.

What is your favorite food?
anything chocolate

Who is your favorite composer? 
I try to convince myself that whatever music I am playing is music by my favorite composer. Whatever I am playing needs to be my favorite in that moment.

What’s currently on your Ipod?
I lost my ipod last season when I was teaching at a school.

High school diploma and Bachelor of Music at North Carolina School of the Arts, Master of Music at The Juilliard School, post graduate study at La Scuola di Musica di Fiesole as a Fulbright Scholar