Susan Merdinger

Susan M.

Highland Park, IL
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Lesson Details

Classical Piano

Levels Taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
Expert Piano Instruction by Ivy-League and Conservatory Trained Steinway Artist, for serious students ages 10-18 years old and adults.
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Susan teaches



Susan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 88

Teaching since:
September 1984

Study Classical Piano with an International Steinway Artist!
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 ***
Three gorgeous pianos: Steinway M, plus Steinway B and Baldwin SF-10 Concert Grands.
Large Music Library.

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

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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

Founding Member
Dec 2010 - Present
Pianissimo!- Chicago's Premier Virtuoso Piano Ensemble

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

President and Artistic Director
Aug 2008 - Present
Private Music Studio

Private Music Studio, Record Label, Concert Series

Artistic Director
Jan 2003 - Present
Sheridan Music Studio

Private Music Studio, Arts Management, Recording Studio, Record Label

Artistic Director and Founder
Jan 1989 - Present
The Five Greenes

America's Music Family

Professor of Piano- Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2017 - Jun 2018
Concordia University Chicago

Adjunct Professor of Piano
Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, IL

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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


International Steinway Artist
Dec 2012
Steinway and Sons Piano

Bachelor of Arts
May 1983
Yale University

Major in Music and Pre-Med.


First Prize- Piano Duo
May 2017
Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition
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.

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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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College Music Society, The
Jan 2008

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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Photos & Videos

Susan Merdinger - Steinway Artist, Ivy-League and Conservatory Trained Concert Pianist and Pedagogue

Susan Merdinger, Pianist as Soloist
David Yonan, violin
Susan Merdinger, piano
Northbrook Public Library
April 8, 2016
Photo by Mike Canale

Performing in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall with Sarah Greene, Violist , age 19. May 2012. Brahms F minor Sonata.

Student Recital at Steinway Piano Gallery, Northbrook, IL.

Rachmaninoff- Suite No. 1 Barcarolle
The Five Greenes

One of my talented students. Winner of Full Scholarship to Interlochen Arts Camp, from the CSO Youth Auditions in Piano 2015.
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3 Reviews

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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.

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Annika H. Dec 2, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

The first lesson with Susan was fantastic. My daughter is looking forward to working with her.

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