“I love the intimacy of a chamber orchestra and performing Baroque music in the beautiful sanctuary at the Cathedral of the Rockies. It’s breathtaking to play Bach and Handel while looking up at those stunning stained glass windows. I also enjoy the playful pageantry of the ladies’ colorful concert attire!”
Susan Courtial is one of BBO’s four founding directors. She played a significant role in defining the core values that established the orchestra’s identity and that guided its fledgling development. Eight years later, Susan is pleased that the ensemble continues to flourish. A California native, Susan holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the College of Notre Dame, graduating as class valedictorian. She completed her K-12 music teaching credential at the University of Oregon and her Master’s in Education at Boise State. She has done extensive academic research on brain-based teaching strategies and their application to string pedagogy, an undeveloped field of study. In San Francisco she worked with Dan Kobialka, then principal 2nd violin of the SF Symphony, and with Jenny Rudin, a protégé of Yehudi Menuhin. Her chamber music coach was Lazlo Vargas, former principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has performed with Josh Groban and the Moody Blues, and with numerous orchestras in the SF Bay Area and in Oregon. A popular string teacher in the Boise School District, Susan also has a private teaching studio and enjoys playing weddings with her Foothills String Trio. She is an avid backcountry hiker and enjoys trout fishing, Dutch oven cooking, and Oregon Trail history.