SUSAN LEVITON – PERFORMANCE BIO
3417 N. 4th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 236-0231  susan@susanlevitonarts.com

BA in Art, Douglass College, 1972
M.Ed in Special Education for the Deaf, University of Pittsburgh, 1973
Certification, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, 1975
Certification, Sign Instructors Guidance Network, 1976
Study with master calligraphers Sheila Waters and Ismar David
Master class training with Adrienne Cooper, Pete Sokolow, and others in Yiddish song
Owner, Levworks Jewish Arts, 1983 to present

Lecture/Recital, Residency and Teaching Settings –

  •   Elderhostel, Pocono Mountains and Catskill Mountains venues
  •   KlezKamp (1990 to present) teacher of vocal foundations, calligraphy, life in song, and traditional   papercutting.
  •   National Yiddish Book Center
  •   Susquehanna Folk Music Society
  •   Binghamton Museum of Art
  •   State Museum of Pennsylvania
  •   Penn State University, main campus and Johnstown campus, Gettysburg College, Oberlin College, Earlham College, Trinity College, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Community College of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Area Community College – Honors program, Dickinson College.
  •   Shippensburg University, Statewide Holocaust Teacher Training
  •  Ashkenaz Festival, Toronto
  •   Workmen’s Circle Jewish Cultural Experience at Circle Lodge
  •   Eylat Chayyim Retreat Center
  •   Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, Madison, Wisconsin
  •   Jewish communities including Morgantown, WV, Port Washington, NY, Hartford, CT, Philadelphia, PA, Detroit, MI, East Hampton, NY, Jericho, NY, Reading, PA, and Caldwell, NJ.
  •  Nantucket Island Summer Speakers Program, Shirat Hayam, sponsor
  •   Block and Hexter Vacation Center, Poyntelle, PA, annually since 1999
  •   Penn State College of Medicine, First Friday humanities lecture program
  •   Seven county library systems in central PA, lecturing and singing for the One Book/One Community program, 2009
  •   International Conference of Yiddish Clubs, Detroit, MI, 2011, performer and teacher

Performance Venues –

  •  Philadelphia Folk Festival (main stage with the Old World Folk Band)
  •   Annual Governor’s Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust (annually, 1986 to present)
  •   Smithsonian Summer Folk Arts Festival
  •   Workmen’s Circle Gala, Jazz at Lincoln Center
  •   Washington Jewish Folk Arts Festival
  •   Bethlehem Musikfest (with the Old World Folk Band)
  •   Gratz College Yiddish Program
  •   Baltimore Yiddish Festival
  •   Moshe Haar Concert, Detroit, MI
  •   The home of Bess Myerson
  •   Westchester County (NY) Holocaust Memorial Program
  •   Hesed Centers in Kiev, Ukraine
  •   Klezfest, Yvpatoria, Crimea
  •   YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History, NYC
  •   Institute for Retired Professionals, Metropolitan Detroit
  •   Workmen’s Circle Summer Festivals in the 5 Boroughs of NY
  •   Yiddish Festival, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  •   Ned Smith Nature Center
  •   Annual Ba’hai World Religion Day concerts, Harrisburg, PA, annually
  •   Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival
  •   Suffolk County (NY) Yiddish Festival
  •   JCC of Greater Washington, Café Kasrilevke
  •  Yiddish Club of Dayton, Ohio
  •  University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • A Kholem/ Dreaming in Yiddish – guest singer at the first, second, and third annual memorial concerts in memory of Adrienne Cooper, NYC.
  • Retirement communities such as Maris Grove, Bethany Village, Messiah Village, and The Residence.

 

Recordings – 

  •   Deep Skies
  •   Zingendik!
  •   Dancing in the Aisles (with the Old World Folk Band)
  •   Hot Tracks (with the Old World Folk Band)
  •   Crossing New Borders (with the Old World Folk Band)
  •   What’s Your Name (sampler from the Institute for Cultural Partnerships)
  •   Live From KlezKamp! The Staff Concerts 1985-2003
  •  Creative Seminars – Jewish Life in Song