Music & Programs

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Pianist for special occasions

Nothing says, “special” like classical music played unobtrusively, and well, as background for cocktails, dining, a gala opening, an open house or any gathering of people you care about. Start with a good piano, tuned and adjusted to radiate the unmistakable class of live music. Add me, a skilled pianist, able to bring the instrument to life and make your guests feel welcome and valued.

For such occasions, I play lighter classical music, mostly favorites that will be recognized, with an sprinkling of surprises from the likes of Scott Joplin. A “demo” available on the right-hand sidebar to this page. Prefer something a bit more concert-like? Let’s talk!

I am also experienced in helping to plan the music and perform it on piano for weddings, funerals/memorials, and church services. If you are looking for special music for your church service, your congregation might enjoy my solo clarinet with either your pianist or my own pre-recorded accompaniment.

Audio Samples – Piano

I am a career professional musician. Having re-located my full-time residence to our Eastern Shore get-away, I am grateful for the increasing opportunities to free-lance with orchestras, chamber ensembles and to play special music for church services and the occasional recital.  As my bio (below) shows, I have experience in every clarinet chair in the orchestra and on each of the special instruments (but isn’t each member of the clarinet family special?).

Clarinet! For when no other instrument will do.

With my husband Bob (who plays clarinets, saxophones, and flute), I play in our own group, Zefiro.  It is listed separately in the Directory.  We both also teach privately in our Mid-Shore Music Studios.

I am looking forward to meeting and playing with more musicians on the Eastern Shore and beyond. 

Bob Jones – saxophones, clarinets, flute/picc, performance & teaching

Former career professional who took a career change and has returned to playing again.  Experienced playing arena and pit shows for national touring companies and acts, including Broadway, ballet, ice shows, circuses and popular stars (Johnny Mathis, Sonny & Cher, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Nancy Wilson, Bob Hope, Ed Ames, Lou Rawls, Roy Clark, Della Reese, and many more.  Excellent sight-reader, flexible section or strong lead player. Lead alto on touring bands include Mel Torme, Neal Hefti, Les Elgart, Nelson Riddle, Doc Severinson, and others. 

Have performed many classical saxophone recitals and appeared as soloist with orchestras and concert bands performing Glazounov, Ibert, Rivier, Schuller, Villa-Lobos, Badings, Bilik and others.

The Oregon Saxophone Quartet, for which I was founder, leader and soprano saxophonist, was invited by Eugene Rousseau to be artists in residence at his Summer Saxophone Camp at Shell Lake, WI, and to perform two concerts; one classical, one jazz.

My students have won scholarships to prestigious colleges and universities and had professional careers.  I enjoy teaching beginners through advanced and especially seniors who are are ready to enjoy music while combating aging by stimulating their mind and motor skills.

Zéfiro, choro music from Brazil…

Zéfiro is an attractive option that helps make any event special. Unique among musical choices for either background or concert, choro (“show-row”) music is often called Brazil’s ragtime music.  It will surprise and delight your guests. Zéfiro is also available for informative play-and-talk presentations and customized programs using other musical genres.  From cocktail parties to celebration-of-life gatherings, satisfied customers say, “that was the perfect background music for our event.”

Zéfiro aka ClariNUTS

More than fifty years after playing their first clarinet duet together, in college, Susan and Bob have put together a program of music and commentary that shares their virtuosity along with anecdotes and humor about their career experiences, the music, and the composers and performers who created it.