Susan hugs a tree in newly knit mittens.

Susan hugs a tree in newly knit mittens.

In 2007, Susan Gaeddert completed a DMA in Collaborative Piano at the UW-Madison School of Music. That same year, she was chosen as a winner in the first annual Shain competition for piano and woodwind duos at the UW School of Music and had the distinct honor of premiering John Harbison's Vocalism I and II with soprano Sarah David at Pepperdine University during SongFest 2007. Susan holds a double masters degree in Piano Performance/Pedagogy and Collaborative Piano Performance from the UW-Madison School of Music. Never content playing just one instrument, Susan studied harpsichord for several years during her graduate studies and frequently plays continuo in local performances. She is active in the musical community as a freelance accompanist, teaching private piano lessons, and adjudicating for local youth piano competitions and festivals, and for two years she toured Wisconsin as an accompanist with Opera for the Young. Currently, Susan resides in Madison, where she teaches part time at Edgewood College and spends a good deal of her time caring for her two young children, who take piano lessons from someone else.

Susan is passionate about many things, and likes to keep her hands and her mind as busy as much as possible. An avid knitter, Susan does her best to ensure that everyone in her family has enough handmade hats, mittens and socks to keep warm through the Wisconsin winters; for the past two years, she has worked as a test knitter for professional designers. Susan enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, and spends her spare time distance running, working in her garden and volunteering for the Outdoor Education program at her children's elementary school.