Susannah Zaidel

Lecturer in Music

Department: Music
Office Address: Performing Arts Center 217
Office Phone: (909) 607-3348
Susannah Zaidel

Academic History

  • D.M.A. Vocal Arts, University of Southern California
  • M.M. Vocal Arts, University of Southern California
  • B.A. Music, University of California at Santa Cruz


Dr. Susannah Murray, a soprano, received her Doctorate in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Professor Gary Glaze. Her doctoral work focused specifically on vocal pedagogy, music education, and the performance of early music. An active member of the USC Opera department, her roles included Adele in "Die Fledermaus" Madame Mao in scenes from "Nixon in China" and La Fee in Masse net's opera "Cendrillon" among others. Having attended UC Santa Cruz as an undergraduate, Dr. Murray has a particular affinity for the liberal arts education that Scripps provides.

Dr. Murray's passion for travel has led her abroad many times. She has lived in both Verona and Florence, Italy, where she studied Italian and Italian art and culture. She has also traveled to Croatia, where she made her European debut singing Villa Lobos' "Bachianis Brasilieras" with sixteen celli in the Dubrovnik Music Festival alongside artists such as American Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. The Dubrovnik Journal described her voice as having a "soft, crystal-like" quality.

Dr. Murray also has a strong passion for American Chamber Music and music by women composers. Because of this, she has had the opportunity to collaborate with well-known artists such as Scott Tennant from the L.A. Guitar Quartet. In addition to singing music written for voice and guitar, she has also performed contemporary music with clarinet, oboe, saxophone and viola. She is planning on recording the works of some lesser-known women composers in the near future.

Dr. Murray has previously taught at Los Angeles City College, Valley College, and Pasadena City College. She held positions at Pepperdine University and Biola University before joining the Scripps faculty, and has taught classical, musical theater, and pop styles.

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