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Sue Carney

Guest Artist, Musician

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Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301


Sue Carney is Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Terra Nova Consort. She has also been a Greenshow Music Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 15 seasons producing 26 Greenshows and directing, composing, adapting, singing and performing on a variety of instruments; both historical and modern, including recorder, krummhorn, clarinet, early bassoon, 16th century Spanish guitar, alto sax, bodhran, pipe and tabor and a wide range of historic percussion. She has appeared onstage performing in musical styles ranging from European historical music of the 11th through 16th centuries to 20th century sounds of 40's swing, Flamenco and rock and roll classics.

As a composer of new works for dance, Sue Carney wrote music for, All the World's a Bazaar vocals and percussion; First Light, based on themes of Hildegard von Bingen, and The Shakespeare Project, sonnet settings for archaic and modem instruments. She also lectures extensively on music and instruments of the Renaissance through a variety of educational programs including Elderhostel, Senior Ventures and the Oregon State "Arts in Education."

Sue Carney has also produced 6 albums, 3 of them for the Musicians of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Somewhat Musing (1992), In the Midst of Woods (1990) and Renaissance Instruments of the Old and New Worlds (1988). In addition, she is co-author of a book, in collaboration with Patricia O'Scannell, entitled -The Complete Scottish and English Dance Book for Recorder which will be published by Mel Bay, Inc.

She attended California State University, Northridge, and University of Southern California. She lives and works in Ashland, Oregon.

Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.