The Artistic Director
Susan Solomon Beckley
Leading the group since 1995 as Artistic Director for The Harrisburg Singers, Susan Solomon Beckley plays an active role in Harrisburg's musical community. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from The Catholic University of America. She has studied voice extensively with Kermit Finstad of Gettysburg College and Raymond McGuire of Catholic University, with Marlena Malas of The Metropolitan Opera, and Fredric Popper of The Metropolitan Opera and The New York City Opera, and with Michael Cordovana of The Washington Opera and The Dallas Opera.
Susan has performed for master classes with Adelaide Bishop of The Boston Opera, and with noted soprano, the late Judith Raskin. Susan has also studied and performed at The Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, New York, as well as performing at The Pan American Union, Washington D.C., The South African Embassy, Washington D.C., and the home of the Marriott family in Potomac, Maryland.
"Susan Solomon Beckley is a dream voice teacher and artistic director. As my first voice teacher, the love, knowledge, support and dedication she had for me and the rest of her students was uncanny. I treasure the opportunity I had to conduct The Harrisburg Singers as a senior in High School. I consider Mrs. Beckley as a blessing in my life. I cannot thank her enough for the doors she opened in my world and the path she set me on as a musician. Without her, I could not have achieved my present state of accomplishment. Thank you, Mrs. Beckley, so very much."—Matthew Knickman, former student conductor (intern), The Harrisburg Singers; 2006 graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
Susan has won The Eastern Regional Competition of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, both in the Advanced Division and the Young Professional levels. She has also received the Young Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Development from Gettysburg College. A frequent recitalist and concert artist throughout the area, Susan has served as a soloist for many sacred works, sung leading roles with the Harrisburg Opera Association, Theatre Harrisburg and Music Gettysburg, and has performed as a soloist with the Harrisburg Choral Society. Susan has participated in choral conducting and choral technique seminars with such artists as John Rutter, Alice Parker and Robert Page.
She is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing and The American Choral Directors Association. Susan serves on the faculty of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, as adjunct professor of voice. Susan's voice students have been accepted into the nation's leading conservatories including Juilliard, Eastman, Indiana, Peabody, Curtis, Westminster, The Hartt School of Music and Boston Conservatory for undergraduate and graduate programs. One of her former students, who also interned with The Harrisburg Singers, Matthew Knickman, now performs with the internationally renowned vocal ensemble, "Chanticleer." With her unique approach to vocal pedagogy, Susan is also in great demand as a teacher at her private studio in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.