Featured Article, December 2019

Transition for Cellospeak

Introducing Cellospeak’s New Administrative Director, Susan “Sue” Manus

The Cellospeak Board was very disappointed that Susanna Mendlow decided to move on from her administrative role with Cellospeak to bigger and better things, but we are thrilled to announce that we have a new Administrative Director, Sue Manus!

Sue, a resident of Arlington, Virginia, has a BA in Music from the Pennsylvania State University and an MA in Arts Management from American University. A well-trained musician, she is a violinist and freelance performer in the Washington, D.C. area, including with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and various chamber groups. She is also a singer and has performed and toured with various choirs. But, Sue is more than a musician. In her early years, she was a Public Affairs Specialist with the United States Marine Band while on active military duty. She recently retired from the Library of Congress, where she crafted a distinguished 22-year professional career in archiving and digital collections, event leadership, outreach and communications. Sue comes very well equipped to help Cellospeak with all things administrative, and to help build more membership value. We are also very fortunate that Sue personally knew our founder, Dorothy Amarandos, and was familiar with Cellospeak, so she comes to us with a great existing appreciation for the organization. Sue looks forward to meeting and working with all Cellospeak faculty, members and participants. Together, we expect that our new dynamic duo of Sue as our Administrative Director, and Bomin Collins as our Artistic Director, will take Cellospeak to new heights!

Thank You Susanna!

While we are very happy to welcome Sue, we want to express our great appreciation for Susanna’s fantastic contributions to Cellospeak over the past 3 years. We have benefited enormously from Susanna’s extraordinary mix of skills and capabilities. Comfortable with digital technology, she dedicated herself to bringing new efficiencies to the organization, innovating management tools and, among other things, spending untold hours completing a wonderful overhaul to our website. She has been an attentive contact and invaluable resource for workshop participants and members, as well as for all Cellospeak contractors and vendors. She also worked closely with our Artistic Directors to update our workshop offerings as well as to expand our overall programs. In addition to those significant contributions, she has served as an immensely talented Cellospeak performer and faculty member. All the while, Susanna also has worked assiduously to build her career as a performer, gaining increasing opportunities to play and tour. This year she embarked on her first solo album, which will include a number of pieces she played at the summer workshops. If you are interested in supporting the project, we encourage you to explore her Kickstarter page. She also recently began collaborating with one of Cellospeak’s newer faculty members, Devree Lewis. She is now at the point where her music career must take precedence, and we are tremendously proud of her for that. We wish her great success in her blossoming career. We do hope and expect that Susanna will remain involved with Cellospeak and that we will all continue to enjoy her talents as a cellist for years to come

Aileen Pisciotta
Cellospeak Board Member

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