AGE 66 I NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND I UNITED STATES
FINANCIAL ADVISOR (RETIRED)
Oklahoman Suzanna Laramee’s early commitment to music led her to earn both undergraduate (Oklahoma City University) and graduate (The University of Kansas) degrees in piano performance. After completing her DMA coursework and serving as an assistant professor at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, she began the professional development program at Merrill Lynch and went on to a 17-year career in the financial industry. Now retired, Suzanna calls spending time with her grandchildren a bit of an obsession, and she’s stayed active in the arts world, both as board president for the Newport Music Festival, and as an amateur pianist. Her many competition appearances include two semifinalist finishes at the Cliburn Amateur, including the first in 1999, which she recalls brought her the warmth, support, and inspiration to “get back to the piano in earnest.” She’s also placed in a number of amateur contests, including in Paris, Boston, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C.