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Susan Fisher Clickner

  • Chair, Voice

Susan Fisher Clickner, one of the foremost vocal teachers in New England, taught at New England Conservatory from 1972 through 2005, and chaired the voice department for most of the 1990s.

Clickner was named to the International Who’s Who in Music and Who’s Who in American Women. During her singing career she performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Trenton Symphony, and sang at several European and American music festivals. She had leading roles in the television premieres of Rorem’s opera A Childhood Miracle and Zimbalist’s opera Landara.

Her students spent their summers singing leading opera roles at Central City, Britten-Pears, Banff, Glimmerglass, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, and Ashland-Highland, and were first-place winners in competitions including MacAllister, Washington International, Salzburg International, International Contemporary Opera Competition, Canadian International, NATS Competition, and Metropolitan Opera Competition. They appeared as Fellows at Tanglewood, the Pacific Music Festival in Tokyo, and the Bach festivals in Long Island and California.

Clickner's students have sung leading roles in musicals performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Germany. Her students have also received contracts with opera companies, most notably New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Chicago Lyric, and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as several opera companies in Germany. They have recorded numerous classical CDs and contributed to a varied professional music field worldwide, including the director of music for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and faculty positions at more than 30 colleges and universities.

B.M., Indiana University; Artist’s Diploma, Curtis Institute of Music. Voice with Anna Kaskas and Martial Singher; opera with Herbert Graf. Winner of the Philadelphia Young Artists Competition, former Tanglewood Music Center Fellow and music faculty member of Clark University.