Susan Merdinger

Susan M.

Highland Park, IL

About Susan M.

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Susan teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: September 1984
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Study Classical Piano with an Artist-Teacher
Learn to play the piano, duo piano and chamber music or be accompanied and coached for your recital or audition with Susan M. I offer premium quality musical instruction and stress the importance of a sound foundation which includes theory, analysis, and technique. Music History and Appreciation is incorporated into lessons as desired. Life coaching included!

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano, Chamber Music Coaching for Piano, Strings and Woodwinds, Audition and Competition Prep, and Accompanying from Prize-winning American Pianist and Steinway Artist.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Four pianos: Steinway, Baldwin, Weinbach, and Altenburg.
Large Music Library.

*** Specialties ***
Chamber Music
Duo Piano Repertoire
Audition preparation

Photos and Videos

Susan Merdinger, Pianist as Soloist


Founding Member

Dec 2014 - Present
Pianissimo!- Chicago's Premier Virtuoso Piano Ensemble

Four Piano Ensemble comprised of Susan Merdinger, Irina Feoktistova, Svetlana Belsky, Elena Doubovistskaya.

Visiting Artist

Mar 2012 - Present
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series

Piano Faculty

Aug 2011 - Present
Summit Music Festival

Piano Faculty since 2011 at Summit Music Festival

President and Artistic Director

Aug 2008 - Present
Private Music Studio

Private Music Studio, Record Label, Concert Series

Artistic Director and Founder

Jan 1986 - Present
Private Studio

America's Music Family

Music Director

Jan 2001 - Jun 2003
Ridgewood Unitarian Society

Choral and Instrumental Music Director for Large Unitarian Universalists Congregation in Ridgewood, New Jersey.


DMA- Piano Performance

Sep 1986 - May 1988
Manhattan School of Music

Master of Music

Sep 1983 - May 1985
Yale School of Music

Bachelor of Arts

Sep 1980 - May 1983
Yale University

Artists Diploma

Sep 1968 - May 1980
Westchester Conservatory of Music

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Bachelor of Arts

May 1983
Yale University

Major in Music and Pre-Med.


2016 Global Music Awards for Pianissimo! The Chicago Debut Concert CD

Mar 2016
Global Music Awards

2015 Global Music Awards for Four Centuries CD

Sep 2015
Global Music Awards

2014 Global Music Award- Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals

Aug 2014
Global Music Awards

First Prize

May 2013
International Music Competition of France

First Prize

Apr 2012
Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition

Dewar's Young Artists Award

Oct 1990

Artists International Young Musicians Award

Apr 1986
Artists International


National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The

Mar 2012

The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.

Music Teachers National Association

Jun 2008

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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3 Reviews on Susan M.

Christopher Apr 5, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
Susan is an outstanding pianist and teacher. She genuinely cares about the musical development of each of her students. I would highly recommend her to any serious student looking to work with a top rate teacher. It makes a difference!
Rusty Dec 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
I am a 50-something-year-old business executive who began taking beginner piano lessons with Susan Merdinger almost 5 years ago.

Now, I am performing Chopin Nocturnes and Preludes and cherished works by Mozart and Beethoven to name just a few.

My Mom let me quit piano lessons in 1967 when I was growing up on the Southside of Chicago. I spent the next 45 years regretting it.

Now, as my piano teacher, Susan is inspiring me to make up for lost time.

At the end of each year, I am amazed at being able to play pieces I couldn’t have imagined performing 12 months earlier. This satisfying achievement comes only because of Susan’s character and competence as a teacher and her passion and enthusiasm to motivate me to practice 1 to 2 hours every day.

Susan is patient while maintaining very high standards with a commitment to excellence. She celebrates the progress of all her students to whom she is dedicated. While waiting for my lesson to begin, I have watched in amazement as she interacts with a full studio of very diverse students, young and old, boys and girls, beginners and advanced, even handicapped blind and autistic students. I’ve watched as she’s brought smiles to all her students after their recitals and audiences after her own concerts.

And Susan is one of the smartest persons I know who is expanding my horizons of the classical repertoire I play and appreciation of the classical music I listen to. There is a special pride to see your piano teacher perform solo or with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at historic venues in Chicago or New York City.

I am a busy executive, but my piano lesson is the highlight of the week, even if that entails a 90-minute battle in Chicagoland rush hour traffic to get to my lesson.

That’s because my life is richer with the music Susan imparts.

I can’t recommend her strongly enough.
Annika H. Dec 2, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
The first lesson with Susan was fantastic. My daughter is looking forward to working with her.
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