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Suzanne Lorge

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Home: New York, NY

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Suzanne Lorge is a singer and writer living in Manhattan.

In the third grade I decided to take up the violin. I'd have preferred the flute, but instruction in wind instruments didn’t begin until fourth grade, and I couldn't wait that long. This early default introduction to string instruments gave me a solid foundation in ear training and sight reading, and I studied the violin for several years before shifting my focus to concentrate almost exclusively on voice. From then on I made the most of every singing opportunity that came my way, in bands, choruses, operas, musicals, and on recordings (backup or lead for Atlantic Records, Varese-Sarabande, and Fynsworth Alley). In college I started singing with pop and rock bands in the D.C. area, including two R&B rock bands with guitar-maker Paul Reed Smith. Around that time I was also writing pop and jazz reviews for the D.C. newspaper The Washington Times and covered the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Freddie Hubbard, and Dianne Schurr, among other noteworthy performers. I also coached privately with D.C. jazz vocalist Pam Bricker, whose gorgeous vocals with Thievery Corporation appear on the Grammy-winning soundtrack for the movie Garden State. Working as a fledgling singer in D.C. was an exhilarating initiation to the jazz world: I met many of the heavy-weight players and singers when they came through town--Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, D.C. native Shirley Horn, and Mark Murphy, to name a few. Since moving to New York City I’ve made my living as a singer (from Carnegie Hall to cruise ships to clubs) and as a writer/editor (from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal to magazines to corporate gigs). I hold a masters in Jazz Performance from NYU, where I studied improv/composition with Kenny Werner, Rich Shemaria, and Dave Pietro; voice with Brian Gill; and music criticism with Times critic Allan Kozzin; and I earned a B.A. in Modern Languages from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where I trained as a features editor/writer with columnist Bob Levey of The Washington Post. I’m also a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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