Susan Sievert Messersmith, a native of Dalton, Ohio, is the daughter of two organists and grew up performing solo trumpet repertoire with organ. She completed the Bachelor of Music Degree at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in 1990 (studying with James Darling and Mary Squire). She also attended the Eastman School of Music (studying with Barbara Butler) where, in 1992, she earned the Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature, as well as the Performer’s Certificate. She then began postgraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Michael Sachs.
In 1993, Susan won national auditions for Second Trumpet positions in both the Tucson Symphony and the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra. She signed a contract with the latter and began a 14-year tenure in that position, resigning in 2007 to spend more time with her family.
She has performed with the symphony orchestras of San Antonio, Phoenix, Rochester, Canton, Wooster (performing twice as soloist), Savannah, Jacksonville, Roanoke, Chautauqua, and Hilton Head, and has performed concerts in Germany, Italy, Spain, and Denmark.
Ms. Messersmith has been an adjunct faculty member at Charleston Southern University since 1993, teaching trumpet and directing the brass choir.
Susan has been a member of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival since 2000, and is also a member of the Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival. In 2011 she was asked to join the Symphonic Voyages orchestra’s debut sailing on a Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Mercury.
Susan maintains a very active freelance schedule and private teaching studio in Charleston, and recently published Heavenly Descants for Trumpet on 118 Hymn Tunes, a collection of original trumpet descants.
Her husband, Charlie, is Principal Clarinet in the CSO, and their son, Andy, is a rising 6th grader.