Suzanne Pattison began playing with the Waynesboro Symphony as Principal Bassoonist in 2009.  Her first appearance with the orchestra was back in 2004 as a student from Albemarle High School.  While at AHS, she studied bassoon with Ibby Roberts.  Suzanne graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2009 with a BM in Music Performance for bassoon, where she studied with John Hunt.  Additionally, Suzanne attended the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Academy in 2006 and 2007 where she studied with Doug Kehlenbrink and the Aspen Music Festival Academy in 2008 where she studied with Per Hannevold.

Besides bassoon, Suzanne plays organ and piano.  She serves as an Organist and Music Director at Grace Episcopal Church in Stanardsville, VA.  She also teaches piano and bassoon at her home studio.  In addition, she performs as a bassoonist and contra bassoonist with the Charlottesville Symphony and other area ensembles.  

Suzanne lives in Charlottesville, VA, with her husband, Brian, and two daughters, Lucie (a budding cellist) and Eloise (an occasional violinist).  She is currently homeschooling Lucie and is planning to homeschool Eloise after Kindergarten. Suzanne also cares for and cleans up after too many animals (and humans). In her free time, she enjoys hiding in a dark room where no one can find her, and the silence is glorious.  

Suzanne Pattinson, Principal Bassoon