Acting Principal Clarinet, Lyric Opera of Chicago
Susan Warner is Acting Principal Clarinetist of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. She has also performed as a substitute musician with 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 Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberg Castle, Grand Teton, Music Academy of the West, and Aspen festivals. In August 2019 as a member of the Chicago Winds Quintet, Susan, along with her husband Chicago Symphony Orchestra hornist David Griffin, toured throughout China where Susan’s growing fluency in Mandarin allowed her to deliver spoken introductions during concerts.
Susan and David live in Oak Park, Illinois; together they have homeschooled their children Henry and Pearl, allowing for extensive family travels, most recently to Chile, Antarctica, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Panama, and Turkey.