Classical music and musical theatre have always been an important part of Suzanne Torrey's life. The violin was her real love and she studied with Theodore Pade and then Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music. She also started piano in grade school, followed by clarinet.
A love of travel and languages led to a 'second career' as a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, where she specialized in writing scientific curriculum for those who had medical careers in their home countries and were seeking training or new certification in the US.
Of her three children it is the mezzo-soprano daughter who inherited the 'music gene' and is now in her senior year as a vocal performance major at a top-tier conservatory. Suzanne's partner is from Spain and they now make their home in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
A long evening with the Cleveland Orchestra, described
Sasha Cooke saves the day in Cleveland
Mozart, Mendelssohn and Elgar from the Cleveland Orchestra
Brahms from the Cleveland Orchestra
Christmas music from the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus
Suzanne Torrey listens to David Fray, Marin Alsop and the Cleveland Orchestra in music by Barber, Schumann and Copland
The Cleveland Orchestra welcomes back its music director Franz Welser-Möst
Fauré, Britten and Franck in Cleveland
Opening night at Severance Hall
Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Cleveland Orchestra
Suzanne Torrey listens to and watches Joshua Bell
Works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev
Mendelssohn, Mozart, Berlioz and Ravel from James Feddeck and the Cleveland Orchestra
Frank Rosenwein plays the Strauss Oboe Concerto
Mahler's Third Symphony opens the Cleveland Orchestra's 94th season