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Susan "Susan" Nace

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Biography

From early music to jazz, recital to orchestral/choral music, Susan Nace's experience covers a broad spectrum of musical genres. From this experience, she teaches a wide variety of classes at Harker: choir, composition and arranging, conducting, and general music. Ms. Nace sang for 14 seasons with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She presented several guest artist recitals and performed with local orchestras and opera companies. She also has several roles to her credit in musical theater, opera and chamber opera.

Ms. Nace's choral conducting experience is primarily with choral and orchestral chamber ensembles, from school to semi-professional ensembles. She often lends her talents as a guest conductor and clinician for area choruses. Currently, she mentors emerging conductors in the San José area.

Under a Melodious Accord Fellowship, Ms. Nace studied composition with Alice Parker, composer and arranger for the Robert Shaw Chorale. Also, she studied at the Choral Conducting Institute at Oxford University with James Whitbourne and Dr. James Jordan. Ms. Nace arranges and composes music for choirs and instrumental ensembles. In 2021, Cal State East Bay premiered her work, "won't you celebrate with me," poetry by Lucille Clifton, for mezzo-soprano soloist, SATB choir, djembe, piano and handbells. For theater, she arranged popular 1940s tunes for the musical revue “Jukebox Memories” and composed incidental music scores for various theater companies across the United States. Some of her scores were heard in “As You Like It,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Comedy of Errors,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Crucible,” “Cyrano de Bergerac,” Zimmerman's “Metamorphoses,” “Midsummer Night's Dream” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” Ms. Nace also arranges and composes music for vocal soloists and pianists.

Faculty/Staff Information

School Email
School Phone
408-345-9632
Location(s)
Saratoga Campus
Title(s)
Vocal Music Teacher, Upper School
Department(s)
Performing Arts

Education

Degree(s)
B.A. Music Education & Applied Music, Western State College
Master's of Music Vocal Performance, University of Northern Colorado