Susan Ottzen is an accomplished harpist and pianist whose extensive experience includes classical repertoire as well as alternative styles such as jazz and blues.
She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music. She moved to Atlanta to play with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Shaw and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
She has a large teaching studio. Her students perform at group lessons during the year and attend piano camp and harp camp in the summer. They also perform each year at Fall Fest held at Agnes Scott College, sponsored by Decatur Music Teachers Association.
In addition to playing harp and piano, she is an accomplished composer with 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).
Most recently, she played harp as an extra for Tyler Perry Studios for a TV episode called “Reunited.” She recently collaborated with Francine Reed recording Stevie Wonder songs with the Jez Graham Trio. And she also plays with Harp Beat, a harp and guitar duo playing jazz and swing.