Suzanne’s career as qualified music teacher started off in 1986 at Eikestad Primary School. In 1987 she completed the Senior Musicianship and, in 1988, the Teachers Licentiate in Singing (both from UNISA). In 1993 she completed a Higher Licentiate in Performance at the University of Stellenbosch (Cum Laude).
Suzanne was part of a 6 month Opera Workshop, under the auspices of CAPAB and UCT, where she had master classes with Evelyn Dalberg, Wayne Long, Wendy Fine, Lawrence Folley and Angelo Gobbato. In 1988 she became a member of the CAPAB ad Hoc Opera choir and was awarded a CAPAB Opera studio bursary in 1994 where opportunities for solo roles followed.
As part of a CAPAB Operetta tour, Suzanne was casted as Orlofsky in Der Fledermaus. For CAPAB’s production of The Consul (Menotti) and in Cosi fan Tutti (Mozart) in the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, she respectively was the understudy for the Secretary and Dorabella. She frequently participated in solo and ensemble singing with Deon Irish (St Michaels Church, Observatory) and Shirley Gie (Tafelberg). Suzanne also performed as soloist for the Tygerberg Civic Choir (Edward Aicheson), and the Stellenbosch Camerata (Acáma Fick). In 1999 she was Alto Soloist for both Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Requiem (Premiere) at the KKNK and at the Stellenbosch Festival, as well as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the Endler with Eric Rycroft as conductor.
She enjoyed adjudicating at both the Stellenbosch (2002-2004) and Helderberg Eisteddfod (2009). She has done coaching for children soloists and ensembles for Artscape Opera productions and also coached an ensemble for Kyk-Net Fiesta Awards in 2009.
As from 2010 Suzanne has been teaching individual singing on a full time basis. She joined the Johnman Music Centre in January of 2018.
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