Music business professional Susan Jones has spent a great deal of her career as a performer, playing for fourteen years as a member of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, twelve years as a substitute and “first-call extra” with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and also with such ensembles as the Portland Opera Association Orchestra and the Portland Symphonic Band. In addition, she has performed with David Schifrin at Chamber Music Northwest, and has been a member of the Group for New Music, Lyric Ensemble and the Northwest Woodwind Ensemble. She has also performed professionally in Minneapolis, Washington, DC and Orange County, California. Ms. Jones has always been an active recitalist and is currently a member of the Brazilian ragtime ensemble known as Zéfiro which she co-founded with her husband, Bob, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
As a teacher, Ms. Jones taught privately and at Linfield College, Reed College, the Portland Community Music Center, Broad Ripple High School’s Performing arts Center in Indianapolis, and she has even been a rehearsal pianist for the Opera Conservatory at the Orange County (CA) High School of the Arts.
Susan has been a musician since her very early years when she took up the clarinet and the piano, studying from grade school through college. She was Principal Clarinet in the Portland Junior Symphony which has come to be known as the Portland Youth Philharmonic, and she spent summers doing advanced study on scholarship at both the Aspen and Tanglewood Music festivals. Her teachers were Catherine Palladino, Principal Clarinet of the Oregon Symphony, Earl Bates (Aspen Festival), Professor Anton Weinberg (Indiana University) and has attended master classes with Mitchell Lurie and with Gino Cioffi while a member of the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra.
Ms. Jones has a baccalaureate degree in German from Portland State University and a Master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University. These degrees led to a number of corporate and academic positions including American States Insurance, Washington DC’s Bureau of National Affairs, and UC Irvine in California. She was on the staff of the Maryland music management firm Chesapeake International Artists as a booking associate for three years.
Susan also has an obsession with words and vocabulary and finds an outlet for this passion by writing “vocabulary verse.” She has published a book called, “Words’ Worth’s Vocabulary Verse A to Z and Back Again: A Rhyming Romp through the Alphabet.” In addition to playing in Zéfiro, Susan creates and performs one-woman shows in which she weaves her clarinet through piano accompaniments which she has, herself, pre-recorded, and themes that she builds around her vast repertoire of humorous verse about words that amuse her and her audience.