Jesters Dance Cover for webA wonderful review of Jester’s Dance duet by the Canadian Music Teacher Magazine. You can read the review by clicking on Jester review

I had a wonderful time adjudicating all the amazing young musicians performing Canadian music at the Contemporary Showcase Festival in Toronto this November. The Festival is such a well run event and I received some wonderful feedback that I’d like to share. It’s not often we get input like this. Thank you to Belinda Huang. Link to Contemporary Showcase Toronto.

NewTec2NewTec1In October I presented a Composition Workshop at the Piano Studio of Megan Newcombe in New Tecumseth Ontario. We focused on developing guidelines to teaching composition to students. It was wonderful to be able to share ideas and techniques with a very enthusiastic audience.

Hockey Sticks’!! A new solo guaranteed to excite the hockey fans in your studio! Fun to play as you get to score a goal at the end! You can see a score sample at Compositions/Piano Solos.

Hockey Sticks solo cover with stroke

s393811018587395324_p44_i1_w375My duet, ‘Willow’, (1 Piano 4 Hands) has just been published in the new CNCM (Canadian National Conservatory of Music) Northern Lights Late Elementary Piano Duets Collection. A sample of the score to be uploaded soon at  http://www.susangriesdale.com/duettrios/.


new winter coverIntroducing Winter!’ – a new book of character pieces to lighten the mood of those miserable days of ice and snow and also to celebrate those special exciting moments only found in Winter – like Snowdays and Hockey goals! Music that’s as much fun to play as it was to write.

Score samples can be found on the Compositions/Piano Collections page.

CFMTA 2015A wLeaf for web copyonderful time in Vancouver at the 2015 CFMTA Convention with fellow Red Leaf Composers  Teresa Richert, Martha Hill Duncan, Irene Voros, Beverly Porter.

I’m excited to be included in the new RCM 2015 Piano Syllabus with pieces listed at the grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 levels.  My Arctice Voices and Piano Mime Collections are represented.  The Grade 3 Celebration Series Repertoire book contains my piece Arctic Voices.

RCM Piano grade 3

I have a new duet available! Called Jester’s Dance, it’s a playful, upbeat piece at the early intermediate level, using polytonal scale pairings. Designed to fall easily in the hands makes it easy to play for both players. You can hear a sound sample and see some of the score on my Composition/Duets page

Jesters Dance Cover for web

I was invited to present a composition workshop to the students of the ‘Piano For Everyone’ Music Studio in Toronto. The students prepared compositions ahead of time and we had a great afternoon exploring their work and discovering way to enhance their music even more.  It was a fun afternoon with some very engaging and creative budding composers!  

I had the priveledge of adjudicating the Kingston Contemporary Showcase Music Festival this year at Queen’s University.  Such a wonderful group of students and the standard of performance was impressive indeed. Thank you to the organizers, especially Kristin Rae,  for your wonderful hospitality and for putting together such a well run music festival! 

The pieces of my flute collection Voices from the Earth’ have been beautifully performed and recorded by renouwned flautist Dianne Aitken. Click on Dianne Aitken bio Sept 2014  to read Dianne’s bio and then hear her performances on the Composition/Solo Instrumental page. Thank you Dianne!