Saxophonist Susan Summers is recognized as a versatile soloist and chamber musician for her interpretations of repertoire ranging from Classical transcriptions to the newest contemporary works. Most notably, she gave the world premiere of Justin Porter’s Catapult (an ASCAP Award Finalist) at the 2015 SEAMUS Conference at Virginia Tech. Her recording of Porter's Watermill Portrait led to its selection for performance at the 2014 ICMC in Athens, Greece. Also in 2014, Susan premiered her own transcription of Pierre Boulez’s Dialogue de l’ombre double (originally for clarinet and surround sound electronics).
As a soloist, Susan performed with the Peabody Concert Orchestra under the baton of Hajime Teri Murai as the saxophonist for Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story.” She has given multiple solo and chamber music performances on Peabody Conservatory’s Thursday Noon Recital Series, the Peabody on the Court series at the Walters Art Museum, and other venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Susan has also performed in masterclasses given by The United States Army Field Band saxophone quartet, Michael Straus, and Timothy McAllister. Susan holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she studied with Gary Louie.