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Susan Chess

Susan Chess

Susan Chess

Music Supervisor


614 292-7977

300 Sullivant Hall
1813 North High Street
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Music Skills for Dance
  • Eurhythmics


  • BMusEd, The Ohio State University
  • MA in Music Education, The Ohio State University
  • PhD in Music Education, The Ohio State University

Susan Chess (Music Supervisor) received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Arts Degree, and Ph.D. in Music Education from The Ohio State University. Her graduate studies include work in music technology, harpsichord, composition and piano. She studied contemporary harmony with David Wheeler in Columbus, Ohio, Improvisation and Composition for modern dance with Charles Rybacki, and Hazel Johnson at Julliard. Her workshops include presentations for the Ohio Dance Festival, The National Dalcroze Conference,International Guild of Musicians in Dance, the OSU Somatics program, Music Educators National Conference, Ohio Music Teacher Association and others. She has been on the music faculty for the Summer Institute for Gifted and Talented Students in the Arts, and for Rio Grande University. Ms. Chess has played master classes for The Martha Graham Company, Dance Theater of Harlem, Columbus Ballet Metropolitan, Merce Cunningham Company, Bebe Miller, Mark Morris, the Bolshoi and the Kirov Ballet Company, and many more. She received her Certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from Carnegie Mellon in 1999 and has worked as a Digital Editor for Instant Pleasure, Inc., which developed music educational software for electronic keyboards. She released a CD of her original music entitled "Light from Light", has created music for original choreography, video, and CD-ROM projects and has performed in numerous dance concerts. Ms. Chess composed and arranged music for Laban Lab, which is a website that was created at The Ohio State University used to teach Labanotation. She continues to serve as an adjunct accompanist for the Columbus Ballet Metropolitan while executing
her duties in the Dance Department at Ohio State. Ms Chess received the Outstanding Staff Award for her service at Ohio State and performed for TEDxOhioStateUniversity with dancer Joshua Manculich. In addition to performing her duties in the OSU Dance department, Ms. Chess has taught Group Piano through the Jefferson Academy of Music, and the Ohio State University School of Music, served as pianist for the band In Full Swing, and serves in the music ministry at the St. Thomas More Newman Center, in Columbus, Ohio.