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Susan E. Deaver, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of MusicFestival Director – LIU Post Chamber Music FestivalDirector – LIU Post Flute Ensemble, Flutist with The Pierrot Consort, the faculty ensemble-in-residence at LIU Post

B.M., Manhattan School of MusicM.M., Manhattan School of MusicD.M.A., Manhattan School of Music


Susan Deaver, Adjunct Professor of Music, is the co-founder and director of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, which is a three-week annual festival held each July which recently celebrated its 30th Anniversary Season in 2011. She is the flutist of The Pierrot Consort, the faculty ensemble-in-residence at LIU Post, and is the conductor of the Festival Chamber Orchestra. During the academic school year, Dr. Deaver teaches flute and conducting, coaches chamber music ensembles of undergraduate and graduate music majors, teaches music history classes and is the director of the LIU Post Flute Ensemble.  Dr. Deaver has been a conducting clinician and also a guest lecturer at the New York All-State Conference and most recently at the 2011 Women's Week Conference entitled "Sister Hildegard to Lady Gaga:  Women, Music & Sound" conference at Suffolk Community College.  As a flutist, she has performed in the United States, Europe and Korea and was principal flutist of Washington Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center from 1981 to 2002. She has performed with Long Island Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi and on Broadway in "Phantom of the Opera."  She received fellowships from the Bach Aria and Tanglewood Festivals and performed at the Music Festival of the Hamptons in 2006.  She has recorded for New World records, CRI, Arabesque Recordings and North/South Consonance. Active as a conductor, Susan Deaver is the music director and conductor of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, the University Orchestra at Stony Brook University and Principal Guest Conductor of the Long Island Youth Orchestra, which she conducted at Carnegie Hall. She has guest conducted in Scotland, England, Spain, Korea and Germany and was a conductor for Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Ensemble. Newsday featured her in an article about her work as Conducting Instructor for actor Freddie Highmore in Warner Brothers' movie "August Rush."  As conductor of the LIU Post Orchestra from 1981 to 2006, she developed the orchestra from an ensemble of 11 to a full sized symphonic orchestra of over 70 undergraduate and graduates students. She creatively expanded the orchestral program to include a series of concerts at LIU Tilles Center, an annual concerto competition, performance courses for music educators and orchestral educational residency programs with the New York Philharmonic and LIU Tilles Center. Dr. Deaver is on the music faculty at the LIU Post, Stony Brook University and Manhattan School of Music's Precollege Division. She earned a bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate of musical arts in performance from Manhattan School of Music.


Teaching and performance as flutist and condor,  teaching music history and coaching chamber music


Author, "The Group for Contemporary Music – 1961 to 1991"  D.M.A. Thesis at Manhattan School of Music

Lectures and Presentations

Presenter, "Breaking the Male Sound Barrier" at the Women's Week 2011 Conference entitled "Sister Hildegard to Lady Gaga:  Women, Music & Sound" at Suffolk Community College
Presenter, "Developing Your Orchestral Woodwind  Section", 1999 NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY
Conducting Clinician, at Orchestral Reading Session, The 2000 Balanced Mine Conference 2000
Conducting Clinician, Discovery Conducting Clinic, NYSCAME, 2003 
Conducting Clinician, Port Jefferson School Teacher Development Conference, 2012


North/South Consonance – CD of American Composers (January 2009)
Concordia Trio – Music for flute, oboe & guitar
Bach Festival Orchestra at St. Peter's Church – Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
New York Scandia Symphony – "Music of Nielsen & Scandinavian composers"
Philharmonia Virtuosi – "Vivaldi Concertos"
Recordings for New World records, CRI, Arabesque Recordings


Flutist with The Pierrot Consort in performances at the Annual LIU Post Chamber Music Festival since July 1981.
Flutist, J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, New York, NY
Music Director  & Conductor with North Shore Symphony Orchestra at Tilles Center, April 2012 and for  NSSO's 2012-2013 season.
Principal Guest Conductor, Long Island Youth Orchestra at Tilles Center during the 2011-2012 season.
Conductor, University Orchestra at Staller Center during the 2011-2012 season.


Fellowship, Tanglewood
Scholarship Recipient, Bach Aria Festival
Scholarship Recipient, Manhattan School of Music

Professional Affiliations

League of American Orchestras
Conductors Guild
Board member of Friends of NSSO (North Shore Symphony Orchestra)
American Federation of Musicians, Local 802
National Flute Association
New York Flute Club
Long Island Flute Club
CWA Local 1101
NYSUT (New York State United Teachers)