Susan Lawrence McCardell, bassoon, received a Bachelor of Music in bassoon performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Lawrence University, where she studied bassoon with Fred Schroeder and Carl Rath. Her post-graduate work includes summer studies in Quebec, Canada, with Frank Morelli of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Orford Arts Centre, and with Stephen Maxym, former principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera, at the Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy. During the summers of 2002 and 2004, Ms. McCardell was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, where she studied with Stéphane Lévesque, principal bassoon of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. McCardell has performed with various orchestras in northeastern Wisconsin, including the Fox Valley Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Oshkosh Symphony, Central Wisconsin Symphony, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and frequently performs as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.
Since 2000, Ms. McCardell has been a lecturer of music at the Lawrence University Conservatory, where she teaches bassoon techniques to music education majors, and since 2001, she has been teaching private bassoon lessons to middle school and high school students in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas. Ms. McCardell has coached young woodwind players in various chamber ensembles and enjoys teaching musicians of all ages.