Susan LaFever, French horn
Susan LaFever, renowned New York freelancer, has been a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in concerts throughout the United States, Western Europe, Mexico and Japan. Reviewed by the New York Times, she was called "bold and striking" with "a confident lyric quality".
As a recitalist, Ms. LaFever has appeared at the American Landmark Festivals at Federal Hall, St. Bartholomew's Tuesday Chapel Concerts, and the Noonday Concert Series at St. Paul's Chapel, all in Manhattan. Outside of Manhattan, she has performed at the Brooklyn Museum Sunday Afternoon Concert Series, Queens College and Kean University, and has had solo tours of the Midwest, Florida and French-speaking Canada.
Soloing with orchestras, Ms. LaFever has appeared with the Doansburg Chamber Orchestra, Rutgers University Orchestra, South Orange (NJ) Symphony Orchestra and with the Bergen Youth Orchestra who asked for a return engagement.
A graduate of Union College, the University of Nebraska and Manhattan School of Music, Ms. LaFever is Principal Horn of the Doansburg Chamber Ensemble, Third Horn of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra and hornist with the Zinkali Trio. Besides maintaining a private studio, she has given master classes at the University of Iowa, Western Illinois University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as clinics/performances at several Northeast Horn Workshops and the International Horn Symposium '12. In May, 2010 she performed the world premiere of Carol Worthey's Romanza for Horn and Piano.
With her flute, horn and piano trio, Zinkali, Susan premiered Adrienne Albert's War Stories in October of 2015 as part of the New Jersey Flute Society's Flute Fair at Montclair State University. Her chamber group performs regularly and was invited to present a lecture/recital of Eric Ewazen's Ballade, Pastorale and Dance at the International Women's Brass Conference in Toronto.