Biography

Dr. Matthews has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, including solo organ recitals at St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York City; La Madeleine and St.-Sulpice, Paris; St. Paul’s Cathedral, London; and the Himmerod Abbey, Germany. She has been featured on the American radio programs Pipedreams, Organ Loft, and With Heart and Voice. In 2019, she is delighting to be performing Das Jahr for piano by Fanny Hensel.

Since October 2005, Susan Jane Matthews has been Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, California where she is organist, director of the Chancel Choir, and founding director of the St. Paul’s Choir School for boys and girls (2007). In July 2017, she led the Choir of St. Paul’s (ages 10 to 80) in a weeklong residency at Gloucester Cathedral, England, also singing concerts at Oxford University Church and Blenheim Palace. She previously served as Director of Music at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral, Boise, Idaho, and as Principal Organist of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, where she has recorded two solo organ CDs for the Gothic label: Chosen Tunes in 2004 and More Chosen Tunes in 2016.

Dr. Matthews completed a Bachelor of Arts Phi Beta Kappa at Haverford College (Haverford, PA) with honors in chemistry, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in organ performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) as a student of David Higgs. She has served as Dean of the San Francisco and Les Bois Chapters (Boise) of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), and as a faculty member at the San Francisco Chapter 2005 Pipe Organ Encounter. She has performed and presented choral and organ workshops at AGO Conventions and chapter programs, including several lecture recitals on the life and organ works of Jeanne Demessieux. She is on the Board of Directors of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and has served as an assistant director at the Pacific Northwest RSCM training course, and as organist and junior girls headmaster at the RSCM training course at King’s College in her hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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Illustration by Bill Russell, ©2005, San Francisco Chronicle