BFA University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (String Education); MA Saint Francis Seminary (Pastoral Studies); additional credits in string education from the National String Workshop, the American Suzuki Institute, Cardinal Stritch and Viterbo Universities.
Ms. Chandler joined the faculty of UW-Whitewater in 2009. Over these years Susan has mentored Under Graduate Research student Projects, instituted the WI Young Artist Honors Orchestra Program and revitalized the UWW String Academy. She has been nominated for the UWW Academic Faculty Excellence Award twice, and is a conference presenter at both state and national level music conferences. Susan began her teaching career in the districts of Racine, Kenosha, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek. For 23 years, she was with the Kettle Moraine School District where she was Director of Orchestras, building the district into one of the finest string programs in the state. Susan currently serves as state President for the Wisconsin American String Teachers Association (WiASTA). She has held WiASTA Board positions of Treasurer, Secretary, Liason to Collegiate Chapters, National Solo Competition Committee and Liason to the WISTA Summer Strings Camp. With the Wisconsin School Music Association, she has served on the Honors Orchestra Project - Viola Coach, the Music Selection Committee and is a Master Adjudicator for Solo & Ensemble Festivals. She also served two terms as the State Orchestra Chair to Wisconsin Music Educator’s Conference.
Susan holds many awards and honors and currently serves as a Certified Yamaha String Educator to the Yamaha Corporation national string division. In 2008, Susan was named the Wisconsin State Music Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin American String Teacher’s Association, and in 2007 the Milwaukee Civic Music Association Music Teacher of the Year Award, in 2005 Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Wisconsin Music Education Association, in 2003 the Herb Kohl Education Foundation Teacher Fellowship, in 2001 the Education Award presented by the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra League, in 2000 Award of Distinction: Arts Education, presented by Waukesha Area Arts Alliance and in 1999 the Kettle Moraine Teacher Leadership Award.
String Pedagogy, String Techniques, Elementary/Middle School Instrumental Music Methods. Fundamentals of Music, Introduction to Music Education, Student Teacher Seminar, Supervising Student Teachers