Fine Arts Music Program
McEwen, Susan J.

SUSAN J. MCEWEN SIGMON received her Educational Specialist degree and Master of Music Degree from Georgia State University, where she studied piano with Carey Lewis and organ with Sarah Leathers Martin.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Shorter College where she studied piano with William Knight and organ with David Beatty.  She has further graduate credit in music theory and music technology at Georgia State.  Ms. McEwen has been a member of Georgia Perimeter College music faculty since 1980, full time faculty since 1993.  As Associate Professor of Music, she teaches music theory, ear training, piano and organ.  She is the conductor of all GPC choral groups and has had students selected for participation in GMEA All College choir and in national choral groups, such as American Choral Directors Association Two-Year College Honor Choir in San Diego; Manhattan Concert Production events in New York at Carnegie Hall, and in Chicago at Symphony Hall; and with Music Educators National Conference Collegiate Honor Choir and Band in Washington, D.C. 

Ms. McEwen was the Music Director/Conductor for music theatre productions A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum, Ain’t Misbehavin’, West Side Story, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Chicago.  Ms. McEwen is the pianist and the pre-concert lecturer for the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of many professional music organizations and collegiate organizations, having served as State Theory Chair for Georgia Music Teachers Association in 1993, Collegiate Piano Chair in 2004, and as adjudicator for various festival events.  Ms. McEwen has been cited in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and previously taught music in the Clayton County School System as an elementary music specialist, and at Fulton County’s North Springs High School as choral director.

Ms. McEwen has functioned as pianist, organist, or Choir Director/organist for several churches in the Atlanta area and is currently the pianist and chamber singers conductor for Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain.  She is a frequent accompanist for choral groups, vocalists, and instrumentalists in the Atlanta area and has performed at other professional and collegiate venues in that capacity.  Ms. McEwen has been featured on WABE’s program Atlanta Music Scene as a collaborative pianist on several occasions, including a broadcast of George Gershwin songs, piano solos, and the piano duet arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue with her piano and organ duo partner Carole Harris Mitchell, and flute/piano recitals with DSO principal flute Kathy Farmer.