She is a timpanist/percussionist and teacher who
studied at the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts.
In her professional career she has performed with the
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and has held the position of Principal
Timpanist/Percussionist with Minnesota Symphony, the San Francisco
Symphony, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Monarch Brass, the Illinois
Symphony and the Opera Theater of Saint Louis.
As a guest soloist she has been invited to perform
with many other orchestras and ensembles which include the University of
Missouri-Columbia Orchestra, the Millikin Percussion Ensemble and the Saint
Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra among others.
Often appearing at summer festivals she has been a
musician at the Grant Tetons, Shenandoah Bach and Wintergreen Music
Festivals and has also been part of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra.
Also turning her hand to directing music, she has led
the percussion ensembles from the Saint Louis Symphony School and Parkway
West High School.
Making many recordings she has featured on over 30
albums such as Holiday Brass with Susan Slaughter.
As a teacher she has taught many pupils in the Saint
Louis, Missouri, area, where she was the Director of Instrumental Music at
Whitfield School, has taken masterclasses in Missouri and Iowa and
currently holds the title of Assistant Band Director/Percussion Specialist
in the Clayton School District.
She also holds memberships of the College Music
Society, Arizona and Missouri Music Educators Associations and is the
treasurer for the Percussive Arts Society’s Missouri Chapter.
Holiday Brass recordings
Angels We Have Heard on
High (Traditional French/James
Music Masters 01782 (CD: Holiday Brass featuring
Trumpet – Susan Slaughter
St. Louis Children’s Choirs – Concert