Susan Warner


Assistant Principal Clarinet, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Described as “star quality” by the Boston Globe, clarinetist Susan Warner is a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. She has also performed with other world-class ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her position at the operahouse, Susan is a member of the Sun Valley Music Festival and the Prairie Winds, a nationally touring wind quintet.

Susan has performed at the acclaimed music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberg Castle, Grand Teton, and Aspen. Invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center for two years, Susan was twice awarded with special honors–the Gino B. Cioffi prize, given to the outstanding clarinetist, and the C.D. Jackson Award for outstanding performance.

Susan lives in Oak Park with her husband Chicago Symphony hornist David Griffin and their children Henry and Pearl.  Together Susan and David homeschool their children, allowing the family to extensively travel the world.  Recent voyages have been to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Panama, Turkey, and Europe.