Susan Warner


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, Mrs. Warner is a member of the Sun Valley Music Festival and the Prairie Winds, a nationally touring wind quintet.

Mrs. Warner 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, she, along with her husband, Chicago Symphony Orchestra hornist David Griffin, toured throughout China where her growing fluency in Mandarin allowed her to deliver spoken introductions during concerts.

Mrs. Warner and her husband live in Oak Park, Illinois; together they have homeschooled their children, allowing for extensive family travels, most recently to Chile, Antarctica, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Panama, and Turkey.