Susan J. Guse
Susan J. Guse received a B.A. in
Music from Smith College and a Master’s in Sacred Music from Wittenberg
University. She has held positions at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dayton,
Ohio and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to the
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. area in1989.
She initially started at St.
John’s as the Director of Children’s Choir and developed a graded system of
children’s choirs before taking over as Organist/Choir Director in 1998.
Currently Director of Music Ministries at St. John’s, she plays the organ,
directs the adult choir and handbell choirs; oversees the children’s choir
program, two string ensembles, two brass ensembles as well as a recorder
In 1991 and 2000 she was
Children’s Choir Director for the Interfaith Music Festival and in 2003 she was
Director of the Tri-county Children’s Choir Festival (Dutchess, Orange and
Rockland Counties). At the 2005 American Guild of Organists Regional
Convention, she was a clinician on the subject of children’s choirs and in 2006
and 2007 chair of the Hudson Valley Handbell Festival held in Nyack, NY. Susan
is past a board member of the American Guild of Organists, and until recently,
the New York State Representative on the board of the American Guild of English
Handbell Ringers. She is a member of the Metropolitan N.Y. Synod’s Worship
Susan teaches piano and organ in
the Hudson Valley and lives in Hopewell Junction with her husband Mike and their
family, including three sons and three (female) dogs.
John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 - (845) 452-1550