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Dr. Suzanne Newcomb has been teaching piano full-time for 33 years. She received her graduate degrees in piano performance from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University: a Master of Music and then a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree, studying piano under Leon Fleisher. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
An active solo and collaborative artist, Dr. Newcomb has performed as soloist or on stage with virtually every orchestra in the region. An associate musician at the CSO, she also appears regularly with Columbus Symphony musicians, including the string quartets QUBE and the High Street Four. Her piano trio Camarata performed the entire cycle of the Beethoven and Mozart Piano Trios at Mozart’s Cafe during the last two years. Camarata was also invited to perform an entire recital of contemporary works at the Short North Stage as part of the Johnstone Fund for New Music recital series. Suzanne also regularly performs in the extraordinary music program at her church, First Community, under the direction of Ron Jenkins.
Suzanne stays very involved in her continuing education. This past year, she has attended the Ohio University Pedagogy Seminar as well as the state and National MTNA Conferences. Suzanne has been active for many years in the Ohio Music Teachers Association. She became the state president in the fall of 2016. She was chosen among a highly competitive group to present a lecture at the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Conference in Las Vegas. She was chairman of the committee that organized the entire OhioMTA 2015 conference in downtown Columbus in November. She served a four-year term as president of the Central East District. Dr. Newcomb is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA and was recognized as their District Certified Independent Teacher of the Year for 2011-12. She frequently adjudicates for statewide piano events such as Buckeye, CMTA, the CSO Young Musicians, and MTNA competitions.
Dr. Newcomb also coaches for The Chamber Music Connection in Worthington. She is a senior lecturer and staff pianist at Otterbein University. She lives in Upper Arlington with her husband Ted and has three children: Holly, Alex, and Tyler. When Suzanne is not involved with her favorite hobby and career (the piano), she enjoys being with family, taking long walks with her dog Luna, bicycling, and attending concerts.
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Suzanne teaches a well-rounded traditional curriculum, carefully individualized for the needs of each student. While sharing her passion for music, students benefit from her inspiration and attention to detail. Her pedagogical lineage and continuing musical education through conferences and festivals give students the best possible course of study to follow their own musical path.