University of Portland

Susan McDaniel

Performing & Fine Arts, Lecturer, Collaborative Piano


Susan McDaniel



Buckley Center 236

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Susan McDaniel has appeared widely as a solo and collaborative pianist, including regional and national concert tours as well as recitals in France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. After studies in piano performance with Jill Timmons at Linfield College and in vocal accompanying with Warren Jones at The Manhattan School of Music, she performed as a young artist with San Diego Opera and then worked as a member of the music staff at Seattle Opera and Utah Festival Opera. Since returning to her home state of Oregon, Susan has maintained an active performing career in vocal and instrumental chamber music; she was also the resident pianist of All Classical Portland’s live-performance radio show, Thursdays at Three, and has accompanied numerous productions at Portland Opera. Susan has been a frequent faculty artist in the Vocal Arts program at the Atlantic Music Festival and in summer 2023 will join the coaching staff at the Music in the Marche opera training program in Mondavio, Italy. In 2018, she was appointed lecturer of music at the University of Portland, where she teaches collaborative piano and lyric diction in addition to coaching and accompanying both singers and instrumentalists.


  • Master of Music, Manhattan School of Music
  • Bachelor of Arts, Linfield College