Susan Ottzen, harpist and pianist and teacher trained at Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music, originally came to Atlanta to play with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Shaw. She brings the highest levels of professionalism whenever she is engaged as a teacher, as a performer or as a composer.


Susan Ottzen Jazz Harp Trio performing at Wallers Coffee Shop March 27 at 3 pm $10.

Don Erdman clarinet, LA Tuten bass, Susan Ottzen Harp.Shimmering sounds.

As a Teacher

For 25 years Susan has focused her teaching on keeping students engaged and progressing. “My son took piano lessons for three years with Ms. Susan.  In those three years he not only made great strides in piano, but he also learned to love music and the study of music”. 

Lessons are taught by Zoom virtually and in person with masks and social distancing

As a Performer

Susan plays in a Jazz and Harp duo with Don Erdman. The  duo has been engaged to perform at numerous venues including the Decatur Library, the Hellenic Society and the Piedmont at Buckhead, independent living.  “Fabulous duo, love the interplay of the harp and clarinet, I especially like Susan’s bass lines and Don’s brilliance, can’t wait to hear more.”  Jez Graham, nationally famous jazz pianist. Most recently, Susan played harp as an extra for Tyler Perry Studios for a TV episode called “Reunited”.

As a Composer

Susan has won grants from the Fulton County Arts Council and Georgia Council for the Arts, among others. 

Susan’s arrangement of “Stormy Weather” played on NPR’s Marketplace Radio for twenty years (whenever the stocks were down).

Susan recently recorded five original new age  pieces on the harp as a live concert recording at 800 East Studio, in which you hear the influence of Stevie Wonder and Claude Debussy, December, 2019. The CD is called “Reverie“. “Each piece has its own beauty and character and your ears delight as she returns to a brief passage within the piece.” Angi Bemiss, harpist and publisher.