A traveling preacher/music teacher visited her
parents' farm, tested her
siblings and Susan
, who was four at the time, and decided she
was "musical". (Susan says it was a good thing he
wasn't testing singing ability!) After about two years of accordion lessons, the choice was presented to continue on the accordion or switch to piano.
was already trying to play the accordion music on the piano, the choice was clear.
Through many lessons and teachers, (her mom was the first), the piano stayed Susan's friend and confidant through two years of college.
Then came marriage, children, and many years of frequent moves.
It was not always possible to have her
piano with her
so for many years, playing was intermittent.
took on a job as a church accompanist.
The practicing began again in earnest.
In the late summer of either 1994, a neighbor heard Susan playing and invited her to play for Issaquah Singers. (Thank you, Ann McCarty!) Susan has since raised her family, gone back to college, become a grandmother, and now works as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Singers have been there through good times and tough times.
Being part of the group changed her
life and continues to fill it with the music that she
loves and many cherished friendships.