My goal is to create a strong, flexible voice with you that gives you the ability to fully express yourself as a performer, clearly and meaningfully. Like the farmer and the cowman, I believe singing and science should be friends, and while fact-based singing is important it should never make you think so much you can’t “do!” A truly free sound, created in a balanced way through skill, craft and passion, will fill you with the confidence to share your sound with the world.
I’ve spent the past five years serving as Adjunct Professor of Voice for Musical Theatre at both American University and George Washington University, as well as working with all levels in my private studio. My students have gone on to thriving careers in NYC, DC, and far beyond; they attend University of Michigan, University of Minnesota/ Guthrie Theater, Marymount, U Arts in Philly, Boston Conservatory, Catholic University, among many others. And I continue to study regularly with great NYC coaches and teachers as well as attend conferences around the country to stay current with the latest science.
Susan is amazing. She gives voice lessons to my daughter, whose range and control have really improved. They have a great time together and my daughter looks forward to her lesson each week. I have seen Susan perform and she is remarkably talented. It is a real pleasure to watche her work with my daughter. Susan truly cares about her students. We feel very fortunate to have Susan as a teacher and role model.
My daughter has been studying with Susan for a year. I am amazed at the improvement in her voice, which has led to an increase in her confidence, posture, and curiosity in music styles. Susan has an approachable style and I think she is as good a listener as she is a teacher. Susan is the best - I cannot say enough good things about her!
Susan is an amazing teacher and inspiring person. She has taught me so much and helped me immeasurably, both in my vocal technique and in my audition preparation, confidence, acting a song, etc. She has been an incredible mentor for me, helping with my headshot and resume, offering career advice and encouragement, and much more. She is both an amazingly talented performer and teacher (a rare combination!), and a constant inspiration, I cannot speak too highly of her!
- Caroliine Griswold Short
I came to Susan when my voice was in its first stages of changing. This being one of the hardest times to use the voice in a young man's life, I was quite nervous about how my voice would turn out, and if I would be able to sing the same way I did before my voice changed. I was so relieved after my first lesson with Susan. Her patience and care for every one of her students can be felt in the room. She is attentive to every detail, creative in her teaching methods, and never EVER gives up on student. If in one lesson a student does not reach a goal, that goal will be the first thing accomplished during the next lesson. I know that I would not be the performer I am today, and would not have the skills and confidence that I have if I had never taken voice lessons with Susan Derry.
- Ethan Miller
Susan Derry is not only by a million the best voice teacher I have ever had, she is the best person I have ever known. First of all, susan has exponentially improved my singing ability, by sharing with me her extensive knowledge about the voice and acting and by teaching me to embrace myself as a performer and walk on stage with ease and confidence (all things I see her do when I watch her perform FYI) she knows precisely how to utilize the vocal folds in a healthy and beautiful way, and find the way to apply this to any of her students in the specific way they need. I wouldn’t be half the performer I am now if it weren’t for Susan’s coaching. Second, she is beyond kind, understanding and inspiring. Susan helps you to love and accept yourself partly because it makes you a better performer and partly because she genuinely cares so much about you. If your feeling upset or insecure, she will comfort you right away. Susan Derry is truly a gift to the world.
Susan not only transformed my voice, but transformed how I viewed myself. She is a purposeful and mindful educator who took the time to get to know me, my needs, and my goals and worked diligently with me to grow. I am always in awe of her ability to be present in the room while having her own bustling career. She keeps me motivated to reach my goals, as I see her actually working in my desired field. Susan is my idol and always will be!
- Madison Chapman
Susan Derry exceeded my expectations in every way when I was taking lessons from her. She is the total package. Not only does she create such a caring environment to learn in but her understanding of the voice is amazing! She will take your voice to the next level. On top of this her ability to find exciting rep to expand your book is outstanding. The bottom line is, if you can get into a lesson with Susan- DO IT!
- Alice Squegliia,