Title: Concert Pianist, Voice Educator
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Barbara Fetrow Suhrstedt, Concert Pianist and Voice Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in musical performance and vocal education.
Ms. Suhrstedt started her higher education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in 1967. She continued her studies at Boston University, earning a Master of Music in 1970, and started working as a piano instructor for the South Shore Conservatory of Music the following year. In 1975, Ms. Suhrstedt started working at an established private piano studio, where she continued to work until 1990, and in 1980 she began performing as a concert pianist. After starting as a soprano at the Church of the Advent, she began working at her private voice studio, where she continues to work to this day. Both her father and her husband were fellow music educators, and in 1997, Ms. Suhrstedt and her husband began a program on Russian music, art, and history, which they presented to several schools in Framingham, Massachusetts. Through this program, they established a connection to Lomonosov, a Russian sister city to Framingham, and they traveled to Russia 6 times to perform.
In addition, while abroad in Russia, Ms. Suhrstedt served as a member of the international jury for the third Igor Stravinsky Competition for Young Pianists at the Stravinsky School of Music and Art in Lomonosov, and was a lecturer and participant in the St. Petersburg Arts Festival. In 2008, she was a piano accompanist to the Boston College High School Concert Choir, and from 2015 to 2018, she worked as a member and accompanist to the Schiller Institute Chorus. In addition to her musical pursuits, Ms. Suhrstedt has worked as an accounting assistant at Gonzalez and Associates since 2007. She has served on the board of directors for the FLAME Russian Sister-City Organization since 1999 and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Throughout her educational and professional career, she cites several mentors as being influential in her career, including Dorothy Boyle, George Haddad, Jack Radunsky, and Theodore Lettvin. Ms. Suhrstedt’s experience and talent as both a performer and educator solidify her status as a leader in the field of music education.
In September of 2019, Ms. Suhrstedt relocated from Somerville, Massachusetts, to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she continues to teach privately and is also currently employed as a piano accompanist in the music department of Liberty Common High School, an award-winning charter school.
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