Sue sings Second Soprano. She resides in Seattle, Washington. She has three lovely grandchildren (whom she adores) born to her daughter Regina (“Gina”) and son-in-law Anthony, who reside in Bonney Lake, Washington. Sue’s beloved son, Jason, passed away December 4, 2004, at the age of 27, in the Washington D.C. area.
Besides vocal instruction, her musical experience includes playing piano for adult/children’s programs, performing vocal solos for church, evangelistic series, weddings and funerals in her home church. She studied voice in high school and college, as well as for some time thereafter as a dramatic coloratura. She sang in high school choruses and played flute in band and pep band. As a child she also studied the violin – albeit under protest. Sue sang briefly with Les Chanticleers before joining Orion.
Sue loves people and, other than her favorite occupation of spending time with her grandsons, she enjoys reading, playing Scrabble, doing jigsaw puzzles while listening to sacred music/sermons, flowers, animals (especially cats) and sightseeing. Her faith in God, coupled with her irrepressible sense of humor, have seen her through her times of loss.
She has a favorite saying: "Truth IS! Belief is not required."
One of her favorite prayers:
No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. . . . We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul.
She has a few favorite Bible texts which she prefers in the elegant King James Version:
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32 (KJV)
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Psalms 51:10 (KJV)
Jesus answered, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." There is no lack of power on the part of Christ; the healing of the son depends on the father's faith. With a burst of tears, realizing his own weakness, the father casts himself upon Christ's mercy, with the cry, "Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief."
Mark 9:24 (KJV)