Tower Music Director; Trombone
Suzanne Mudge plays trombone in the Festival orchestra, directs Tower Music and creates and programs “The Epic Adventures of Leonard and Rasmus,” a family series of interactive and educational concerts. She freelances with a variety of ensembles and orchestras across Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. A fervent champion of youth and music, Sue is the executive director of Youth Music Monterey. She maintains a private teaching studio, and conducts clinics and brass coaching in area schools. Sue taught at Central Oregon Community College and The Seven Peaks School in Bend, and performed as Principal Trombone with the Central Oregon Symphony and with the Eugene Symphony, and the Bend Brass Quintet. Sue was previously a freelance musician and music educator in the Bay Area, performing with the Women’s Philharmonic in San Francisco, the symphonies in Modesto, Fremont, Marin, Berkeley, and San Jose, recorded for Koch and Albion, and was the band director at Lowell HS in San Francisco. A California native, Sue was raised in Laguna Beach, has a BM from The UOP Conservatory of Music, a MM from the University of Arizona, and a teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University. Sue has a passion for film music, cooking rustic seasonal cuisine, and loves the beach, hiking with her beloved dog, Toby, and reading suspense and mystery novels.