American Concert Pianist, Steinway Artist, Susan Merdinger

Sheridan Music Studio- Highland Park, Illinois

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. ”

— Plato

Susan's PIANO STUDENTS have won numerous prizes in competitions including:

A Gold Medal in the Seattle international Piano Competition 2022, The American Prize (2nd prizes , and Honorable Mentions), The Bradshaw and Buono International Piano ( 2nd Prize), The Seattle International Piano (Gold Medalist), the American Protege Competition, the IMA Music Competition (Illinois), the Grandquist Music Competition (IL) (Gold, Silver and Bronze medals), the Global Music Awards (Silver Medal), the Music with a View International Young Artists Competition and Festival (1st and 2nd Prizes), the MusicChorale Competition ( First Prize), the DePaul Concerto Competition ( Honorable Mentions), and more.

Susan's PIANO STUDENTS have gained admission to highly selective music conservatories, universities and music schools: Harvard,  Eastman School of Music, Rice, Columbia, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin, Vanderbilt,  University of Miami- Frost School of Music, USC Thornton School of Music, Vanderbilt, MIT, and more.

Susan's PIANO STUDENTS have performed in Carnegie Hall, Preston Bradley Hall, the Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, on WFMT's Introductions and Impromptu Series, and as soloists with orchestras.

Sheridan Music Studio is the official brand founded by Susan Merdinger to represent an independent record label, recording studio and private music studio originated in Highland Park.

As of June 2022, the new studio location is in Fort Sheridan, IL  for Private Lessons with Susan Merdinger- both in-person and online, via Zoom or Facetime.

Susan is Founder and Artistic Director of Sheridan Music Studio-Chicago, the Sheridan Music Studio Record label, and the SMS-Chicago Concert Series "Music with a View"  and "Blue Skies Concerts", and the original podcast conceived of by Susan Merdinger, "Steinway Sundays with Susan and Svetlana".

Susan also serves as an Artistic Advisor for In.Live, Silicon Valley's best livestreaming service for the performing arts.

Please visit the website for Sheridan Music Studio at for more detailed information on lessons, recordings, concert events, competitions and more.


Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Susan Merdinger, Pianist

Susan Merdinger's award-winning performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Chicago Philharmonic, Mattia Rondelli, Conductor. Live from Harris Theater of Music and Dance, Chicago.

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