Woodard, Susan J.
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Joining the W&J faculty in 1990, Susan Woodard teaches courses in applied piano, chamber music and music history/literature. Combined pursuits in music performance and liberal studies have hallmarked her teaching career, and include presentations for National Public Radio, Phi Beta Kappa, Lawrence University, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania and The College Music Society. At W&J, numerous students have participated in her lecture-recitals. Keen interests in writing and interdisciplinary topics led Dr. Woodard to develop popular courses on Beethoven (MUS 231), Mozart (MUS 255), Writing About Music (MUS 310), and her recent Intersession courses, Composing Your Life and Music Inspired by the Sea at W&J, the latter an approved Environmental Studies elective to be offered again during January Intersession, 2012.
As chair of the music department from 1990 to 2010, Dr. Woodard designed, proposed and implemented a comprehensive music curriculum that would enable students to major or minor in music, and for non-majors to gain meaningful enrichment. In 2002, she secured grant support for a week-long Summer Keyboard Festival that brought to campus three internationally-renowned musicians, Mikhail Yanovitsky, Melvin Chen and Grammy-award winner, Paul Jacobs. A piano student of Dr. Woodard’s and current chair of the organ department at the Juilliard School, Mr. Jacobs is a frequent visitor and performer for her classes.
A native of Long Island, Susan Woodard holds the M..Mus. and D.M.A. degrees from The Ohio State University, and undergraduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Adelphi University. She has been awarded performance fellowships at Tanglewood, the International Festival of the Art Song, the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria), the Johannesen International School of the Arts (Victoria, Canada) and from the NEH, to participate in Lewis Lockwood’s seminar on the Beethoven string quartets at Harvard. Her publications include articles for Piano Quarterly, Clavier and American Music Teacher, and at the on-line bibliography Musical Borrowing. Dr. Woodard is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (1977), and Pi Kappa Lambda (1975) and Delta Omicron (1966) music honoraries.