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Susan Fleet is a trumpeter, composer, bandleader, educator, historian, and author. She began trumpet lessons with her uncle at 8. She joined the musician's union at 15, and began playing with the local concert band. She studied with Armando Ghitalla and Roger Voisin, principal trumpeters of the Boston Symphony. In Boston, she played in Broadway musicals and the Ringling Brothers Circus. Classical performances included operas, orchestral concerts, chamber brass gigs with large ensembles or brass quintets, and solo recitals with organ on historical and modern trumpets. Her 1993 CD, Baroque Treasures for Trumpet and Organ won critical acclaim in Fanfare, New England Performer, and American Record Guide. Susan has taught music at Brown University, Wheaton College, UMass-Lowell and Berklee College of Music, where she created a course about 20th Century women musicians, jazz and classical, and moderated Women in Music forums with such panelists as jazz pianist Carolyn Wilkins, jazz flutist Barbara London, trombonist Abbie Conant, rock guitarist Lauren Passarelli, conductor Kay George Roberts, musicologist Judith Tick, pianist Virginia Eskin, and composer Pozzi Escot.
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