Position: Professor Emerita, Piano
Employed Since: 1970
Conservatory Professional Highlights:
Sue Marston Boyd served as chairman of the Keyboard Division from 1983 to 1989 and 1998 to 2001. Performance experiences have included numerous concerts as accompanist and chamber musician. Included among these programs have been appearances at the Terrace Theatre of the John F. Kennedy Center, the German Embassy, and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; Miami University of Ohio and Penn State in Pennsylvania; with the Shenandoah Conservatory Trio on a concert tour in Western Germany (summer 1990); on a concert at the National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C., (summer of 1991), and with the Shenandoah Conservatory Camerata Ensemble in recital at the National College and Wind Percussion Instructors National Symposium at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.
Other appearances include Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Orkney Springs, Virginia; live and recorded performances on WGMS, Washington, D.C.; pianist for Elizabeth Schwarzkopf voice masterclass at American University; and harpsichordist for the soundtracks of films by the award-winning film maker, Tom Davenport. During the summer of 1991, she was on the faculty of the Southeastern Music Festival in Columbus, Georgia, where she was the pianist for the faculty chamber music concerts.
Boyd studied piano with Henry Black and Raymond Dudley; harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto and chamber music with Marilyn Neeley. Professional memberships include Sigma Alpha Iota, Music Teachers National Association, Virginia Music Teachers Association and The Friday Morning Music Club. She is organist and choir director at Relief United Methodist Church and is the former pianist for Winchester Musica Viva.
B.M.E., Shenandoah Conservatory; M.M., University of Cincinnati; D.M.A., Catholic University of America
I enjoyed, very much, my 37 years of teaching at Shenandoah, especially the students. Very talented and rewarding.
“Biggest highlight: being named Professor Emeritus at my retirement!” Boyd is still a very active pianist for graduate student recitals on campus. She now has time now for hobbies, including reading, cooking and gardening. She still volunteers as a pianist, organist and choir director for her local church.