Pianist Susan C. Ha has been on the faculty of Norfolk State University as an Assistant Professor of Piano since Fall 2014. She is an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist throughout the United States. She has appeared at the Carnegie Hall, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and in performances of Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Arts Festival. Solo performances have included concerto appearances with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Tech, and twice with the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra. Other performance engagements include Ferrara Chamber Music Symposium, Cincinnati Art Museum, Music and Meaning: Views from the 21st Century, the Investiture of the 28th President of the University of Cincinnati, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Accent 12. Since 2013, she has been on the performing-member roster of Washington D.C.’s Friday Morning Music Club in the solo piano division. She is the pianist of New Music Norfolk, a contemporary music ensemble that initiated in 2016.
Her performances in 2016 include performing at Oberlin College for the National GP3 Conference, performing violin and piano recitals with the associate concertmaster of Kimpo Philharmonic Orchestra of Korea, collaborating with the Cantabile Project of Norfolk at all-Ravel recitals, chamber music performances with members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, performing in concerts of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphonicity, Sentara’s Music and Mind Center, Neon Festival of Norfolk’s Arts District, and appearing as a concerto soloist of Mason Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. In addition, she had collaborated with the Virginia Opera Chorus as a rehearsal pianist. In the meantime, she has appeared in 25-30 recitals per year at Norfolk State University.As an arts advocate, she is the coordinator of Virginia Music Teachers Association’s annual concerto competition. She also serves as an official rater/reader of the AP Music Theory Exams by ETS. Recently in December 2016, she was invited to join the roster of Appointed Judges of the World Piano Teachers Association International Piano Competition. Dr. Ha earned her M.M. in Piano Performance and D.M.A. in Piano Performance with cognate areas in Theory and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music while studying with Awadagin Pratt. Her other teachers include Dr. Eric Ruple and Dr. Hae-Won Min. Her B.M. with honors is from James Madison University.