Conrad Susa

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Conrad Susa (April 26, 1935 – November 21, 2013) was an American composer of opera, choral music, and theater music. He studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with William Bergsma and Vincent Persichetti. During his time at Carnegie Tech, he also served as staff pianist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was the Dramaturg and Composer-In-Residence at the famous Old Globe Theater in San Diego from 1959 to 1994. He served on the Composition Faculty of The San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 1988 until his death. From 2000 to 2003, Vince Peterson studied privately with him and later became his close friend and mentee in music. At the time of Susa’s death, Peterson was the only non-related person invited to the family’s private burial of Susa, where he gave the final invocation. He was later interviewed for a major profile article on Susa in The Choral Journal of The American Choral Director’s Association. He is widely considered to be a foremost champion of Susa’s choral works.