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Suzanne Farrin

Associate Professor of Music

Described as “appealingly tart” by the New York Times, Suzanne Farrin’s works have been performed in the U.S., Europe, and South America at such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Kennedy Center, the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, Sprague Hall at Yale University, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Walker Art Center. Critic Tim Page of the Washington Post described a recent work for solo piano as follows: “If you can imagine the dense, perfumed chords of Olivier Messiaen’s piano music combined with the clangorous, insistent, near-pictoral tone-clusters of Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, you will have some idea of what Farrin’s work sounds like. Yet it transcends its derivations to leave the distinct impression of its own.”

Suzanne was raised in the Casco Bay region of Maine and currently lives in New York City. She holds a doctorate in music from the Yale School of Music and is an associate professor and head of the classical composition program in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She served as director of the conservatory from 2010–11 through fall 2013.

To hear samples of her music, visit her website.