Title: Music Educator, Administrator (Retired)
Company: Cambridge Developmental Center
Location: Cambridge, Ohio, United States
Susan Marie Barzda, Music Educator and Retired Administrator at Cambridge Developmental Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music and developmental education.
With more than 40 years of professional experience, Ms. Barzda served as a manager and qualified intellectual disabilities professional with Cambridge Developmental Center from 1993 to 2015, having been an administrative assistant II since 1987 and a music teacher from 1976 to 1987. In addition to her work with the organization, she was the director of the high school band at Bishop Rosecrans Catholic High School from 1981 to 1985. Earlier in her career, Ms. Barzda was an instructor of instrumental and vocal music for the Rolling Hills Local School District from 1974 to 1976.
Ms. Barzda has been interested in music from an early age, wanting to be a band director and teacher when she was 10. She first studied at Heidelberg University, earning a Bachelor of Music in 1974. As she worked in music, she began working with disabled people, integrating music into the courses. Finding a new passion for working with students with developmental needs, she continued and found a deep connection with those she was helping. Licensed as a music and K-12 teacher in the state of Ohio, she is also recognized as a qualified intellectual disabilities professional. Ms. Barzda also completed postgraduate studies with Muskingum College in 2003.
A leading voice in her community, Ms. Barzda has been affiliated with numerous organizations, including as a board member of the Zanesville Community Theatre. She has previously served as a coordinator of the Special Olympics, the director of the YMCA Y-ettes Baton Twirling Corps, an instructor with the Meadowbrook unit of the Guernsey County Bicentennial Fife and Drum Corps, and secretary of the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band. The former secretary of the Cambridge City Band, Ms. Barzda has also been a member of the Cambridge Performing Arts Center and the Philalethean Women’s Society.
Ms. Barzda has been active with the Ohio Community Theatre Association as secretary, board member-at-large, and as the Southeast Ohio regional representative. Ever the musician, she was a clarinetist with the Second Winds Woodwind Quintet, the Muskingum Valley Symphony, the Coshocton Community Band, the Southeastern Ohio Symphony, the Dominic Greco Concert Band, and the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band. In addition, Ms, Barzda was a tenor saxophone player with the Dick Simcox Big Band.
Throughout her career, Ms. Barzda has been recognized for her contributions, including with the President’s Award from the Ohio Community Theatre Association. She was the recipient of the Dick Beal Outstanding Regional Representative Award and the Jean Lisle Memorial Award. A Rhodes-King Scholar, Ms. Barzda was also a scholar of the Quota Club Alliance. However, she is most proud of having been able to help developmentally disabled people become more independent.
In her free time, Ms. Barzda enjoys acting, traveling, gardening, and studying genealogy in addition to continuing to play her clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone. Looking toward the future, she will continue playing music, writing and traveling.
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