Susan J. Guse

Susan J. Guse received a B.A. in Music from Smith College and a Master’s degree 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 area in 1989.

She initially started at St. John’s as the Director of Children’s Choirs 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, and oversees the children’s choir program, string ensemble, brass ensemble as well as a recorder ensemble.

In 1991 and 2000 she was Children’s Choir Director for the Dutchess County 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, New York. Susan is a past board member of the American Guild of Organists and a current member of the Metropolitan New York Synod’s Worship Committee. She is the Chair of Area 2 (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania), Handbell Musicians of America.

Susan teaches piano in the Hudson Valley and lives in Hopewell Junction with her husband Mike and two dogs. They have three sons.