Sue Bissiri – Resume

Susan Bissiri     ~     Susan L. Owen Bissiri

2828 Hawks Avenue

Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Oberlin Conservatory – Oberlin, Ohio. MusB Oberlin.

Wayne State University – Detroit, Michigan. M.A. Music Scholarship Student

Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti, Michigan. MAMusic EMU

Washtenaw Community College – Ann Arbor, MI. Computer Software Certificate.



Soloist in Tri-County Recitals on Piano and Recitals on Oboe

Main Line Symphony and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Penna.

National World Youth Symphony, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan.

Oboe Soloist for Region III State Band, Pennsylvania.

Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, Ohio.

Hollywood Wilshire Symphony, California.

Pianist in Sunday School weekly in Hollywood for six years.


1982 – 2016 Ann Arbor Civic Band – Principal Oboe and Co-Principal Oboe

1983 – 2005 Ann Arbor Comic Opera Guild – Principal Oboe Soloist

1984 – 2000 Tecumseh Pops Symphony Orchestra – Principal Oboe

1992 – 2001 Plymouth Community Band – Co – Principal Oboe

1981 – 1988 Ann Arbor Concert Band – 2nd oboe, Prin Oboe a couple times

1984 – 1992 Ann Arbor Summer Symphony- Principal Oboe

1986                Aspen School of Music

1986 & 1987 Eastern Michigan University Orchestra Principal Oboe

1986 & 1987 Eastern Michigan University Concert Winds Principal Oboe

1988 & 1999 Wayne State University Orchestra and Choral Union – Principal Oboe

1984 – 1995   Ypsilanti Community Band [off and on]

2003 – 2007   Plymouth Symphony – Prin Oboe and 2nd Oboe

2001 – 2017   Dexter Community Band – Principal oboe


1987   National Intercollegiate Band Conference Principal Oboe

1999 – 2016    Principal Oboe in National Association of Concert Bands Convention Bands in:

1999 – Salinas, California – Conducted by Colonel John Borgeois

2000 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Conducted by Robert Foster

2004 – Hot Springs, Arkansas – Conducted by Robert Demkee

2005 – Quincy, Illinois – Conducted by Colonel John Bourgeois

2006 – Williamsport, Pennsylvania – Conducted by Colonel Arnold Gabriel

2011 – Muskegon, Michigan – Conducted by James Curnow and Pam Potter

2013 – San Ramon, California – Conducted by Commander Allen Beck

2014 – Allentown, Pennsylvania – Conducted by Asst. Cond. US Marine Band, Captain Michelle Rakers

2015 – Rancho Cordova, California – Conducted by Peter Boonshaft

2016 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Conducted by Dr. James Gourlay

National Liberty Classic Band Festival, Williamsport, PA – Conducted by Colonel Arnold Gabriel


1981 – 2014  Recital Soloist for Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity, annually

1982 – 1985  Soloist for Faculty Wives Organization, AA

1986       Soloist for two Aspen Music Festival Master Classes

1987      Soloist with Collegium Musicum at Eastern Michigan University

1987       Soloist in Cantata #140 at University Reformed Church, AA

1987       Soloist w/ Choral Union & Eastern Michigan University Orchestra

1987       Soloist with Choir at Eastern Michigan University

1988       Soloist in Brandenburg Concerto #2, Wayne State University Orchestra

1989       Soloist in Ann Arbor Summer Civic Band Mozart Concerto, mvt 1

1989       Soloist in Cantata #29, University Reformed Church, AA

1990       Graduate Recital at Eastern Michigan University

1982 –    Soloist at various churches: Huron Hills Baptist church, St. Mary’s AA, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church AA,  First Methodist Church AA,  Holy Trinity Catholic Church Ypsilanti,  St. Phillip’s Lutheran Ypsilanti,  First Baptist Church AA, Northside Community Baptist Church AA, Our Lady of Good Counsel Plymouth, etc.

1997       Concerto Soloist with Tecumseh Symphony

1999       Concerto Soloist with Plymouth Band

1999       Concerto Soloist with AA Civic Band

2000       Silverwood Quintet Oboist

2000 – 2007 Oboe Soloist in Children’s Outreach Concerts, Plymouth Symphony sponsored


73 – 74  Private Oboe Teaching in Los Angeles

84 –        Private Oboe Teaching , Ann Arbor Area

2010      Private Beginning Piano Lessons


Piano Recital Accompaniments – 1987 – 2005

Solo and Ensemble District and State Acompaniments – 1988 – ?

Accompanist C.S. Sunday School – 19884 – 85

Accompanist St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Children’s Choirs – 1994 – 2002


Mu Phi Epsilon National Music Sorority

Ann Arbor Federation of Musicians

International Double Reed Society

Faculty Wives Association

International Association of Concert Bands

Oberlin Alumni Association

Eastern Michigan University Alumni Organization

Huron High School Music Parents Association and PTSO

Women Band Directors International [ Music Performer]



1983 – 1986       Mu Phi Epsilon Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter Secretary – 3 years

1986 – 1989       Mu Phi Epsilon Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter Vice President – 3 years

1989 – 1992       Mu Phi Epsilon Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter President – 3 years

1982 – 1983       Ann Arbor Symphony Band Librarian

1985                    Ann Arbor Summer Symphony Librarian

1985 – 2001        Ann Arbor Civic Band Librarian and Asst to Conductor, Charlotte Owen

1985 – 2005        Comic Opera Guild Orchestra Manager [ except 1992] w/ Marjorie Bradley

1994                     Ypsilanti Community Band Board

1995                     Comic Opera Guild Board

1993 – 1995        Huron H.S. Music Association Parent Liason with PTO and

Arch Editor for Music Articles

1998 –   now       Mu Phi Epsilon Ann Arbor Alum Chapter Newsletter of our Members

2007 –   now       Mu Phi Epsilon Great Lakes 1 District Director

2013 – 2017        Dexter Community Band Publicity Person

2017                     Washtenaw Chorale Publicity Person w/ Nancy Karp



2006                     Charles Owen Music Publications – Music and CD’s

Oboe Harp Duo with Laurel Federbush

2008 – now          Mu Phi Epsilon Chamber Choir

2008 –  ?               Dexter Classical Winds, a Woodwind Choir

2012 – now         Mu Phi Epsilon Mini Choir [ and Christmas Choir]

2014                     Joyful Sounds Choir 


2004 –                   Song of the Aulos,  Oboe, Flute and Piano CD

2006                     Women Marine Band CD

2006                     Women Marine Band Quilt DVD

2006                     Charles Owen, Marimba Solos Performed with the United States Marine Band

2014                     Charles Owen Xylophone Soloist with the United States Marine Band

2015                     Hymns Sung by the Joyful Sounds Choir

2017                     English Carols Sung by the Joyful Sounds Choir


Washtenaw Community Orchestra Chorus

Washtenaw Chorale

Plymouth Oratorio Society

Mu Phi Epsilon Chamber Choir

Mu Phi Epsilon Mini Choir

Comic Opera Guild Madrigal Singers

Dearborn Summer Choir

International Mu Phi Epsilon Convention Choirs

Joyful Sounds Choir















Dearborn Summer Chorus 2017

City of Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dear Choral Musicians,

I’d like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Dearborn Summer Chorus. The opportunity for all of us to get together to sing good music gets better and better each year! At over 130 singers, the Dearborn Summer Chorus provides a wonderful opportunity to just relax and sing great music; rehearsals are as much fun as the concert!

This summer the major classical work, with orchestra, will be

Handel’s Messiah: Part III!!!

               Choruses                                                 Solos

 Since By Man Came Death                     I Know That My Redeemer Liveth 

                But Thanks Be To God                            Behold, I Tell You A Mystery/The Trumpet Shall Sound 

                Worthy Is The Lamb                               Then Shall Be Brought To Pass/Death, Where Is Thy Sting 

                (The Great) Amen                                    If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us

We’ll also, of course, sing the famous Hallelujah Chorus, which is the ending of Messiah: Part II, and leads into Part III. This will be the first time in the history of the world ; ) that a concert will OPEN with it! We’ll also CLOSE the concert with the Gospel-style version of Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration! Messiah is a great piece for us to sing, as it’s serious enough for those who like a challenge, but accessible enough for those who are less experienced…and it’s an amazing piece of classic choral literature!

Following Messiah: Part III, we’ll lighten up the atmosphere by singing a medley of Lin-Manuel Miranda songs from the Polynesian-inspired movie Moana, including How Far I’ll Go, I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors), We Know the Way, Where You Are, and You’re Welcome! Blue Fusion vocal jazz ensemble from Henry Ford College will also be our featured guest on the concert. The band from Blue Fusion will play with us for Moana.

Important Schedule & Location Information!
Rehearsals will be at Henry Ford College*.
Wednesdays, June 7 – July 12, 7:30-10:00pm 

                * F-110 (Band Room), MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, Henry Ford College,
5101 Evergreen Road (south of Ford Road), Dearborn 48128. 

Our final rehearsal and concert will be on the stage of the Michael A. Guido Theater, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center**.
Tuesday, July 18, 7:30-10:00pm Final Rehearsal
Wednesday, July 19, 5:45pm rehearsal, 7:00-8:15pm Concert

** Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (“The Center”) is located at 15801 Michigan Avenue (southwest corner of Michigan 

                Avenue and Greenfield), Dearborn 48126. 


Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, using the enclosed form, at the box office of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center or call (313 943-2354), any time during their regular operating hours. The participation fee is $30. Alternatively, you may register online (there is an additional $2 fee) at Those who are unable to pre-register should arrive between 6:30-7:00pm on June 7th, to complete Late Registration just prior to the first rehearsal.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. See you at HFC on the 7th of June!


Kevin Dewey – Director, Dearborn Summer Chorus
Office email:
Dearborn Summer Chorus website:



Movie Music – April 30, 2017 Dexter Band

Dexter Community Band Turns to the Music of the Movies for Spring Concert

April 30 event marks Dexter band’s 35th anniversary of free concerts

DEXTER, Mich., April 12, 2017  —Dexter Community Band is going to the movies for its spring concert on April 30.

Musical selections from the band’s final concert for the 2016-17 season reflect a journey through decades of popular movie soundtracks. The music includes:

  • “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” from renowned composer John Williams;
  • A symphonic suite of melodies from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire;”
  • Highlights from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast;”
  • A medley of famous James Bond themes;
  • The Pink Panther, Moonriver, Peter Gunn and other classic selections from composer Henry Mancini;
  • As Time Goes By from “Casablanca,” featuring soloist Abbey Herrman, who also plays saxophone with the band.

The 3 p.m. concert will be held at the Center for Performing Arts in Dexter High School, 2200 North Parker Road, Dexter. Admission is free. For additional concert information contact Karla Linkner at 734-426-2734.

The band will provide refreshments following the event to mark its 35th anniversary of entertaining audiences with free concerts. Launched with 14 local musicians, the band has grown to an 85-member ensemble that tackles professional level symphonic wind ensemble music. Four of the original 14 still play with the band.

Founding conductor Dr. Dave Angus handed the baton to William W. Gourley in 1998. Under Gourley’s leadership, the band toured Europe in 2001 and returned for a concert tour of Ireland last summer. At the band’s final concert in Ireland, they entertained the largest audience St. Nicholas Collegiate Church in Galway had ever seen.

In addition to playing four free concerts a year, numerous ensembles from the band perform at local retirement and nursing homes during the winter months.  The band’s community outreach earned it a special grant from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation last year.

Dexter Community Band is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For additional information about the band or how to provide financial support, please visit

Contact:   Karla Linkner 734-426-2734.





Dexter Band Concert Feb 26, 2017

Mu Phi Mini Choir Performs at Ann Arbor Mu Phi Epsilon Chapter Christmas Party

Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon

Annual Christmas Party

December 3, 2016   6:30 pm

Ladies Literary Club of Ypsilanti, Michigan


Dinner catered by Angel Food Catering

Debbie Ash, President AA Alumni Chapter

Entertainment provided by:  

Mu Phi Mini Christmas Choir

 Conducted by Alex Cave  &  Accompanied by Janice Clark


In the Bleak Midwinter, SSA   

Music by Gustav Holst; Arr. By Ruth Elaine Schram


O Holy Night [with “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”], SSA

            Music “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by JS Bach

            Text by John S. Dwight; Music by Adolph Adam

            Arranged by Keith Christopher


A La Nanita Nana [with Coventry Carol] for SSA

            Traditional Spanish Melody; Arranged by Greg Gilpin


We Wish You a Merry Christmas for SSA unaccompanied

            Adapted by Antony Ireland from SATB; Arrangement by Arthur Warrell

            Traditional West Country Carol


Mu Phi Mini Christmas Choir


Alex Cave, Conductor

Accompanied by Janice Clark, Piano


Barbara Ginther, Soprano

Ann Marie Borders, Soprano

Chris Schwartz, Second Soprano

Mary Shell, Second Soprano

Marcia Hissong, Alto

Sue Bissiri, Alto & Choir organizer


Christmas Carol Sing

Accompanied by Janice Clark



We wish to thank Barbara Ginther, host, for helping to provide the venue for this

Christmas Party gathering at the Ladies Literary Club of Ypsilanti; and thank you

Co – hostesses: Katherine Pfeiffer and Rachel Kingham, and Debbie Ash, Planning



Washtenaw Chorale

You are invited to attend
The 8th Season of the WASHTENAW CHORALE
Alex Cave, Musical Director
Ed Price, Organist
NOVEMBER 18, 2016, 7:30pm
4205 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Ralph Vaughan Williams – “Song of Thanksgiving”
John Rutter –  “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “Psalm 150”
Stephen Paulus –  “We Gather Together” and “Pilgrim’s Hymn” — in eight parts!


Chris Schwartz ( or
Alex Cave (

You are invited to attend
The 8th Season of the WASHTENAW CHORALE
Alex Cave, Musical Director
Ed Price, Organist
NOVEMBER 18, 2016, 7:30pm
4205 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Ralph Vaughan Williams – “Song of Thanksgiving”
John Rutter –  “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “Psalm 150”
Stephen Paulus –  “We Gather Together” and “Pilgrim’s Hymn” — in eight parts!


Chris Schwartz ( or
Alex Cave (

Dexter Band Rings in the Holidays

Dexter Community Band Rings in the Holidays with Annual Concert and Audience Sing-Along
Free Dec. 18 concert to feature singer and Dexter resident Chuck Colby, and a special visitor from the North Pole
DEXTER, Mich., Dec. 5, 2016  — ‘Tis the season for Dexter Community Band’s annual holiday concert.
The 80-member group will perform a range of holiday favorites and original arrangements of traditional themes. Musical selections include Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and The Eighth Candle, a prayer and dance for Hanukkah by Steve Reisteter. The band will also perform The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol by Percy Grainger, the Australian-born composer who gained fame for reviving traditional British folk melodies. 
Dexter resident Chuck Colby, part of the popular Michigan-based singing group Three Men and a Tenor, will sing I’ll be Home for Christmas and O Holy Night. The concert will also feature an audience sing-along — and a special visitor from the North Pole.
The concert will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Center for Performing Arts in Dexter High School, 2200 North Parker Road, Dexter. Admission is free. Cookies and punch will be served after the performance. For additional information contact Karla Linkner at 734-426-2734.
The band’s Holiday Brass ensemble will also be performing at 3 p.m. at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Dec. 10, as part of The Lucy Ann Lance Show’s annual “Hometown Christmas Show” on 1290AM.
In addition to the Dec. 18 performance, Dexter Community Band, which traveled and performed in Ireland last summer, will hold two more concerts as part of its 2016-17 season. They are Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, and Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Founded in 1982, the Dexter Community Band is comprised of volunteer musicians from the local area. A registered
501(c)3 non-profit organization, the band performs professional-level symphonic wind music at four free concerts a year. There are also several free “Evening of Ensembles” featuring small groups from the band. For additional information about the band and how to provide financial support, please visit
Karla Linkner