Susan LaBarr (b. 1981) is a composer living and working in Cleveland, Tennessee. Susan attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Music in Music Theory and studied piano with Dr. Peter Collins and composition with Dr. John Prescott.
While at Missouri State, Susan sang in the Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Guy B. Webb. Susan toured to Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Germany, and across the United States with the Chorale and was a featured soloist on several works from 2004-2007. During her time at Missouri State, Susan was a member of the all-female a cappella group, A Cub Bella, from its origination in 2002 to her graduation in 2007.
Susan is an active, published composer, with works published through Santa Barbara Music Company (several through the Jo Michael Scheibe Choral Series and the Janeal Krehbiel Choral Series) and Morningstar Music. In 2011, Susan won the Opus Award for her compositions Two Songs of Love Lost: Forever Gone and At Dawn of Day, an award nominated and voted on by members of the Missouri Choral Directors Association. Susan has served as the Missouri Composer Laureate for 2012 and 2013, a position chosen by the organization Verses and Voices, chaired by Missouri First Lady Georganne Nixon. In 2012, Susan served as Composer-in-Residence for the Chattanooga Girls Choir (TN). Susan is currently the Composer-in-Residence for the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a professional choir based in Cleveland, Tennessee.
In October 2012 and July 2013, Susan attended the Alice Parker Composer’s Workshop and Alice Parker Melody Studies Workshop, respectively, in Hawley, Massachusetts. Susan was one of eight fellows chosen to participate in the workshop in both 2012 and 2013. In 2013, Susan will completed commissioned compositions for the Armonia Chamber Singers (Pretoria, South Africa), the Missouri State University Concert Chorale, Broad Street United Methodist Church (Cleveland, TN), The Mary Institute and Country Day School (St, Louis, MO), the St. Louis Children’s Choir, the Missouri Verses and Voices organization (Jefferson City), the South Bend Chamber Choir (IN), Texas Lutheran University Women’s Choir (Seguin), Hopkins High School Women’s Choir (Minnetonka, MN), Springfield Catholic High School (MO), St. Mary’s Academy (Portland, OR), and New York Polyphony. Susan was recently named as a 2014 National ACDA Women’s Choir Consortium commissioned composer.
Susan and her husband Cameron reside in Cleveland, Tennessee, where Cameron is Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Lee University and conductor of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus. Susan works as Editor of Walton Music.