Piano and harp students played beautifully at this Christmas recital at Columbia Presbyterian Church.
We are so grateful for the use of their sanctuary. Everyone was masked and fully vaccinated, the piano and harp were treated with hand sanitizer between each perform. It was so wonderful to be in person.
Susan Ottzen has been a wonderful piano teacher for my son. He’s a quick learner, and Susan both challenges him and encourages him to explore on his own. She is very patient but also keeps things moving in lessons. My son has loved piano lessons with Susan! As a conservatory-trained instrumentalist and music educator myself, I put in a lot of time researching teachers in the Atlanta area. I was thrilled to find Susan; when I spoke with her for the first time, I knew I’d made the right choice for my son. Her background as a professional harpist, jazz musician, piano teacher, recording artist, and her commitment to maintaining membership in professional music organizations piqued my interest as I compared her background with the qualifications of other local piano teachers. I highly recommend Susan Ottzen to anyone looking for a high-quality, dedicated private teacher. Jennifer McCrary 9/15/21
ELISHEVA GORDON 8 years old, piano and harp student of teacher SUSAN OTTZEN is honored in the February 2021 issue of the national publication PIANO EXPLORER. She practiced 100 days consecutively and her name is Listed in the 100 DAY CHALLENGE winners
ALBERT YOO, adult harp student of SUSAN OTTZEN practiced consecutively for 200 days and his name is Listed in the 200 DAY CHALLENGE of the same February PIANO EXPLORER winners
“As you step into an art gallery and savor the work of a single artist, you observe each piece as a whole and find yourself returning to a particular feature that intrigues you. That’s how Susan’s 5 pieces are – each piece has its own beauty and character and yours ears delight as she returns to a brief passage within the piece. Also you admire her compositions and her masterful harp playing” Angi Bemiss -harpist, arranger www.simplytheharp.com
“Peaceful, calm and reflective” Nella Rigell harpist for the Atlanta Ballet – the Nutcracker
Recorded at 800 East StudiosProducer, Mixing and Mastering -Ken Greggory, Cover art work: Teresa Crowder, Design Don Erdman
Susan Ottzen Jazz Harp Trio performing September 20 at 2pm at the John Campbell Folk School
The Susan Ottzen Jazz Harp Trio recorded an album of jazz standards in June 2019 to promote our work, we had a CD release party/concert at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta in October with great success and performed again at Waller’s Coffee Shop in January 2020 with a packed house. Hank Sieglson, director of the Emory Jazz Alliance said about our CD, “I listened to your new CD and its damn awesome. I liked it so much I put it on my computer.”
Here’s what one of our fans had to say about our trio.
Thank you – and Don – so much for traveling to Clemson yesterday to play your program of great jazz tunes. It was thoroughly wonderful. The audience was extremely appreciative. I can’t tell you how many people have stopped me yesterday and today to thank us for arranging the concert. People mentioned not only the great playing but also the way you and Don personalized each piece with your commentary. It all made for a wonderful Sunday afternoon. – Jamie Dean
Susan Ottzen and Don Erdman will be recording a classical album August 16th, with engineers Bo Gaiason and Bill Porter. We’ll also be recording a jazz album adding bass player, Lyn Deramus, on August 30th. Release Date TBA. Keep an eye out for future announcements.