Director Susan Rice

Dr. Susan Rice

  Susan Rice is pleased to serve at the University of Pittsburgh as Director of the Heinz Chapel Choir and Senior Lecturer in Music, teaching the ear-training course sequence. Prior to her appointment at Pitt, Dr. Rice was Assistant Professor of Music at Beloit College in Wisconsin. She has conducted traditional mixed and single-gender choruses of varying sizes, including chamber choirs, symphonic choirs, opera choruses, and vocal jazz ensembles, as well as teaching music theory and interdisciplinary courses. An active clinician, Dr. Rice has worked with choirs in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

  Her research interests include sketch study and compositional process, performance practice of the Baroque and Classical eras, the historical, sociological, and gender issues surrounding women's choruses and singing societies, and multi-disciplinarity as a means of engagement within the choral experience.

  Dr. Rice earned degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M., music education), Western Michigan University (M.M., choral conducting), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (D.M.A., choral conducting and literature). Before embarking on her graduate studies, she served for eleven years as Director of Choral Music at Pocono Mountain Senior High School in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, and is delighted to return to the Keystone State.