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Susan LaBarr

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Susan LaBarr


Susan LaBarr (b. 1981) is an American composer living and working in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Susan attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in music and a Master of Music in music theory. She studied piano with Dr. Peter Collins and composition with Dr. John Prescott.

Susan is an active, published composer. In 2011, Susan won the Opus Award for her compositions Two Songs of Love Lost: Forever Gone and At Dawn of Day, an award nominated and voted on by members of the Missouri Choral Directors Association. Susan has served as the Missouri Composer Laureate for 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Susan served as composer-in-residence for the Chattanooga Girls Choir. She is currently the composer-in-residence for the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, a professional choir based in Cleveland, Tennessee.

In October 2012 and July 2013, Susan attended the Alice Parker Composer’s Workshop and Alice Parker Melody Studies Workshop, respectively, in Hawley, Massachusetts. In 2013, she completed commissioned compositions for the Armonia Chamber Singers (Pretoria, South Africa), the Missouri State University Concert Chorale, the Missouri Verses and Voices organization (Jefferson City), the South Bend Chamber Choir (IN), and the Texas Lutheran University Women’s Choir (Seguin).

Susan works as an editor at Walton Music.

Works for Winds


  • Popp, Shaun R. "Grace Before Sleep." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 357-367. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.