Susan Spataro graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music from Moravian College, where she also received the Leonovich and T. Edgar Shields Awards for excellence in music. Upon receiving her M.M. in Piano Pedagogy/Performance at Temple University, she was added to the faculty teaching both piano and theory. She also owned and operated a music school in Colmar, PA for 15 years. An accomplished flutist as well, Susan played with the Allentown Symphony for 17 years, and also performed with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Basically Baroque, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, and the Roanoke Symphony.
Ms. Spataro joined the Ferrum faculty in 2002, and became Music Department Coordinator in 2005. She teaches theory, history, and Music for Children, as well as directing two choral ensembles, the Handbell Ensemble, and the Jazz Band. She also served as musical director/accompanist for the college’s productions of Ahmahl and the Night Visitors, Godspell, The Long Christmas Dinner, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum.
In addition to her Ferrum duties, she accompanies and solos with the Franklin County Community Choir and The Lakeside Singers.
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Performing Arts Appreciation
Harmony and Musicianship I and II
Music History 358, 359
Music for Children
Piano Class I and II
Voice Class I and II
Music Seminar: Advanced Topics
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Performing Ensembles:We have several instrumental and choral ensembles in which to participate, and received college credit for doing so:
Concert Choir: This vocal group is open to anyone who enjoys singing! A variety of musical literature is explored, including sacred, contemporary, popular, and Broadway. This ensemble performs several times each semester for a variety of college functions. In addition to concert performances, the concert choir participated in the very successful production of the opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, Starmites, and Baby.
Collegiates: This vocal group is selected by audition only. A variety of musical literature is learned for performances both on and off campus. This select group has gone on tour, the most recent to Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, many of the singers held lead roles in the Drama/Music Department’s productions of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Godspell, The Long Christmas Dinner, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, Starmites , and Baby.
Gospel Choir: As its name implies, this ensemble is dedicated to the gospel genre! It is open to anyone who likes to sing exciting gospel literature. This choir performs at campus events, and is often requested for area performances off-campus. One of the highlights this past year was a performance at the Booker T. Washington Home.
Handbell Ensemble: Ferrum College is privileged to own a five-octave set of handbells! Anyone with a basic knowledge of rhythm can participate in this instrumental group. This ensemble performs concerts both on campus and is a highlight at several area churches.
Jazz Ensemble: This instrumental group is open to anyone with previous experience playing an instrument. Any instrument is welcomed an accommodated. There are several college-owned instruments available for loan if you don’t own your own instrument. The jazz ensemble performs a variety of music, including blues, latin, contemporary, as well as standards, in concert every semester.
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Performing Ensembles: Any member of a performing ensemble will have the experience of performing for various functions both on and off campus.
Recitals: Students involved in the music program are eligible to participate in a recital which showcases talent on a more individual basis.
Musical Theatre: Many of the music students who participate in the vocal and instrumental ensembles also participate in the yearly musical production.
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Assistant Professor of Music
Program Coordinator of Music
M.M., Temple University
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