Described as “star quality” by the Boston Globe, Susan Warner is a clarinetist in the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. During the summer she performs in the Madeline Island Music Festival and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony where she was recently featured as soloist in Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs. She has played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the CSO’s MusicNOW contemporary music series, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Warner has performed at the acclaimed music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberg Castle, Grand Teton, Music Academy of the West, and Aspen. Invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center for two years, she was twice awarded with special honors–the Gino B. Cioffi prize for outstanding woodwind player and the C.D. Jackson Award for distinguished instrumentalist.
Ms.Warner lives in Oak Park with her husband, Chicago Symphony hornist David Griffin and their children, Henry and Pearl. Together they homeschool their children, allowing the family to travel the world. Recent voyages have been to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Panama, Turkey, and Europe. In the summers, the family can often be found at Warner’s Landing Campground in southwest Michigan where Ms. Warner manages the 60-year-old family business.