Suzanne Sorkin is active as a composer and educator. She has received awards and commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Chamber Music Now, Violin Futura, Third Millennium Ensemble, counter)induction, American Composers Forum, ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and others. Her compositions have been performed in a number of festivals and concerts, including Piano Spheres, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Denison University New Music Festival, Chamber Music Quad Cities, Florida State University Festival of New Music, and Vassar Modfest. She has written for ensembles including Melomanie, Mannes Trio, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Third Angle, and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Residencies awarded to her include Millay Colony for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Artists’ Enclave at I-Park, ART342, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She received her Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Chicago through the support of a four-year Century Fellowship in the Humanities. Her principal composition teachers have included Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska, John Eaton, and Justin Dello Joio.
Suzanne Sorkin has taught composition, music theory, and music history at Vassar College. She is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she teaches composition and music theory and serves as chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Film.