Translating emotion into intentional expression, whether it be delicately notated or spontaneously voiced, is at the heart of D. JASPER SUSSMAN's interest in music. As a collaborative composer, performer, educator, and improviser, she strives to promote emotional awareness and growth, compelling the questioning of perception and the breaking down of expectation.
Inspired by artists Meredith Monk, Theo Bleckmann, Bobby McFerrin, Tanya Tagaq, and Paul Botelho, Sussman spent much of the last two years exploring raw and vulnerable vocal timbres. She has started to write her first opera, based loosely on Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey. Additionally, Sussman is working on a set of vocal etudes designed to demonstrate the bounds of the female voice.
Sussman resides in St. Louis, MO where she sings with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. She has a private coaching practice focusing on the connection between music, creativity, and wellness. A former resident of Madison, WI, Sussman taught at the Madison Area Technical College, the Madison Music Foundry, and the Wheelhouse Studios. She sang in the Madison Choral Project for two seasons. Sussman received her master’s degree in music composition from the University of Michigan, and her bachelor’s from Lawrence University. She is a member of PASIC, ASCAP, the College Music Society, and the American Composers Forum. Her works are published by Bachovich Music Publications.
Projects with MCP:
Privilege; April, 2017
I Was Glad; Dec, 2016
A Procession of Angels; December, 2015
Dale Warland With the MCP; May, 2015
Solist: Rudi Tas, Miserere
O Day Full of Grace; December, 2014