SUSAN WARNER, CLARINET
Hometown: Otsego, Michigan
Joined Lyric Orchestra in 2002
Education: University of Iowa, Eastman School of Music
What is your most memorable Lyric performance or experience?
During the 2012-13 season, Lyric presented the opera La Boheme. My son Henry sang in the children's chorus and was featured in the “spoiled boy” solo. To me, his voice was instantly recognizable within the texture of the chorus, and it was pure joy to listen as he developed the nuance of his brief solo throughout the run of the opera. As I sat in the dark pit night after night, I’m sure my silly, proud smile beamed from ear to ear.
With which other orchestra do you perform?
During the summer I play in the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. The SVSS is made up of musicians from many major orchestras around the country. I love the opera repertoire, but it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to perform major symphonic works too—most recently Strauss’ Til Eulenspiegel and Alpine Symphony, Shostakovich Symphony #10, and the complete Daphnis and Chloe ballet by Ravel. My family considers Idaho our second home. When I’m not rehearsing or performing with the orchestra, we love to hike in the mountains, bike the trails, and bird watch.
Outside of the pit, I like to:
My husband (CSO horn player Dave Griffin) and I homeschool our children. At any moment outside of rehearsals and performances, you can find us either teaching or preparing to teach. Henry, age 18, homeschooled through jr. high and high school. He is attending the Manhattan School of Music studying classical voice. Pearl, age 11, is a 6th grader and passionate about mythology. In addition to homeschooling, Pearl and I are taking lessons in Chinese language. I find it extremely rewarding to learn right along with the kids, plus homeschooling has also allowed our family the flexibility to travel the world!
Currently I’m reading:
St. Augustine's City of God. For the past four years, I've been reading through a chronological Great Books list, starting with the ancients all the way through the moderns. In my fifth year, I've decided start back at the beginning in order to read the books I missed the first time through. It is fascinating to chronologically read the classics and to understand the rich detail as history unfolds and literary style develops over time. As an added bonus, so many of the stories relate back to opera—mythology, blood, guts, and heartbreak!