Susan Sturman grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio where she was carted off by her mother to performances of the Cleveland Orchestra when she was still a preschooler. What great music she was introduced to at such an early age! She started playing the cello in the 5th grade as part of the public school music program. As a teenager she was inspired to study more seriously when she encountered the cellist Regina Mushabac whom she studied with at the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. At Baldwin Wallace she flourished under Mushabac’s tutelage and she also discovered her love of teaching when she was given the opportunity to teach in the school’s Preparatory Department. After graduating from BW she continued her studies with Alan Harris at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received her Master’s Degree.
Upon graduation from Northwestern University, Susan returned to the Cleveland area where she built a large private studio and performed with such groups as the Ohio Chamber Orchestra and the Cleveland Ballet Orchestra. In 1989 Susan became Professor of Cello and Double Bass at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since then she has performed extensively in Texas and beyond as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with groups such as the Corpus Christi Chamber Players, the Sisauyhoat/Sturman Duo, the Ehle/Sturman Duo, the Aurora Piano Trio, the Islander String Quartet, the Islander Chamber Players, and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She has served as Principal Cellist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra since 2004.
A committed pedagogue, Susan is interested in the entire spectrum of cello teaching from the very beginning through advanced. Her studio at Del Mar College reflects that interest as it ranges from young Suzuki students to advanced college music majors. Susan is constantly exploring new ways to help her students grow whether it be through taking Suzuki pedagogy courses, continuing her own studies with renowned teachers, exploring alternative styles, or integrating yoga with string playing. In 2016 she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher-training course and is now a Registered Yoga Teacher certified through the Yoga Alliance.