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Susan Key

Lecturer, Coordinator, Chapman-Pacific Symphony Partnership
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Office Location: Oliphant Hall
First-year Foundations Program


Susan Key is a public musicologist. She is based at Chapman University, where she teaches in the honors program and coordinates a partnership with the Pacific Symphony. She also works on projects for the Star Spangled Music Foundation and baritone Thomas Hampson’s Song of America initiative. Formerly she was Special Projects Director at the San Francisco Symphony, where she worked on a variety of projects in media and education, including education and web design for the Keeping Score series.

Dr. Key began her career as a high school music teacher before earning a doctorate in historical musicology and teaching at the University of Maryland, the College of William and Mary, and Stanford University. Her publications include articles on Stephen Foster, on John Cage, and on arts education. She has developed public programs for the San Francisco Symphony, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has served on the boards of the Society for American Music, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the chamber music organization Pacific Serenades. Her current passion is playing old-time fiddle.