Suzanne LeFevre is a member of the Houston Grand Opera, which she joined in 2005. She plays regularly with the Houston Symphony, Ars Lyrica and Musiqa. She teaches at the University of Houston Moores School of Music where she is an affiliate artist of viola. Suzanne is the associate artistic director of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and plays viola in the ensemble. She has been with ROCO since its founding in 2005.
Suzanne was born and raised in Wisconsin, and began playing viola in the fourth grade. Her mother paid $10 a year for Suzanne’s lessons in the public school music program. Suzanne was awarded the Strelow Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, which paid her full four-year tuition. She graduated with distinction. After graduation, Suzanne studied for a year at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she studied with Matthias Maurer, the principal violist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. She returned to the United States and enrolled at the Yale University School of Music, where she studied under Jesse Levine and Kazu Isomura of the Tokyo Quartet. At Yale she earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma, and was awarded the Elizabeth Battel Stoeckl Award for excellence in Chamber Music.
Suzanne has had an active orchestral and chamber orchestra career in the United States and Europe. In addition to her current positions in Houston, she was the principal violist of Mercury Baroque, the principal violist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, acting assistant principal violist of the Charlotte Symphony and. She has played with the Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Granada Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and the New Haven Symphony. She has recorded with Ahmad Jamal and the Assai Quartet. She has also performed seasonally in many festivals, including the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, Music on the Hill in Rhode Island, the Madison Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, where she played with Lynn Harrell, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, where she played with Michael Tree and Elmar Oliveira.