Susan Strasek is a soloist, chamber musician, and freelance harpist. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she earned her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Harp Performance. Susan completed additional studies at the Salzedo School Summer Harp Colony of America. Performances with various orchestras including the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and The Cleveland Orchestra. She served as Principal harp for both Lyric Opera Cleveland and the Youngstown Symphony. Guest appearances include the Arkansas Opera Theater and the Metropolitan Opera. Susan has performed under such notable conductors as Louis Lane, Mathias Bamert, James Levine, and Lorin Maazel. Her credits include twenty-three years as Principal Harp for Blossom Music Center's Blossom Festival Concert Band and their Special Attractions. She has also been a member of the Playhouse Square Orchestra in Cleveland, Ohio. Not limited exclusively to classical repertoire, Susan has performed diverse styles with well known artists including Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Julie Andrews, Burt Bacharach, Aretha Franklin, Perry Como, Henry Mancini, Rosemary Clooney, David Sanborn, Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt, and Mannheim Steamroller. She was featured with the international Irish Group, The Chieftains. Susan served as a harp teacher in the Preparatory Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a protege of Alice Chalifoux.