University of Pittsburgh

Susan Rice

Senior Lecturer
Director of Heinz Chapel Choir
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies
DMA, University of Illinois at Ubana-Champaign, 2011
128 Music Building
srice1 [at] pitt [dot] edu


Choral conducting, choral pedagogy, performance practice of the Baroque and Classical eras


I am proud to begin my tenure at the University of Pittsburgh as the Director of the Heinz Chapel Choir and Senior Lecturer in Music, teaching the ear-training course sequence. Prior to my appointment at Pitt, I was Assistant Professor of Music at Beloit College in Wisconsin. I have conducted traditional mixed and single-gender choruses of varying sizes, including chamber choirs, symphonic choirs, opera choruses, and vocal jazz ensembles, and have taught music theory and interdisciplinary courses. An active clinician, I have worked with choirs in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.

My 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.

I earned degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BM, music education), Western Michigan University (MM, choral conducting), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA, choral conducting and literature). Before embarking on my graduate studies, I served for eleven years as Director of Choral Music at Pocono Mountain Senior High School in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, and I am delighted to return to the Keystone State.


Musicianship 1 and 2

Heinz Chapel Choir

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