Susan Q Wilson joined the Board of the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation in 2003 and served as Secretary/Treasurer, continuing in that capacity with the Art Song Foundation of Canada. until June of 2018, when she stepped down from the Board to become its first Administrator.
Susan Q Wilson has been an arts administrator, a chorister, a writer, and more recently, an actor. She began her musical life at the age of four with piano lessons from May Kelly Kirby at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and obtained her Grade 8 diploma in piano from the RCM. But eventually singing proved more attractive. Starting in 1966, she studied singing with Helen Simmie for ten years at the Royal Conservatory and the Faculty of Music, U of T, and has studied latterly with Henriette Asch.
Susan was a member of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for a total of 15 years: 1966 to 1972 with Elmer Iseler and 1999 to 2008 with Noel Edison. (Her parents were also in Mendelssohn under Sir Ernest MacMillan and it is probable that Susan went to her first Messiah rehearsals in her mother’s womb.) She has sung in several other choirs over the years, including Massey College Singers (1969 to 1983) and Haliburton Messiah Choir (1991 to 1999).
Susan holds Bachelor of Music and M.A. degrees from the University of Toronto, both in musicology, as well as an ARCT in Singing from the Royal Conservatory. After graduating, she worked as an arts administrator with Toronto Arts Productions, Royal Conservatory of Music, Jane Mallet Theatre Transformation Fund, YMCA Concert Series, Toronto Early Music Centre, and the CJRT Orchestra, among other organisations. She was the first woman to be Secretary (executive officer) of the Hart House Music Committee and was founding chair of the Hart House Orchestra Committee, a post she held for 20 years.
Susan is also a published author: Explore Haliburton (Boston Mills Press: 1997) and Water Ways: Exploring Haliburton by Canoe (Kevker Publications: 1994, 1998, 2000). She was a feature writer for the Minden Times for six summers and, as author of many magazine and newspaper articles, has also been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Muskoka Life, among other periodicals.
In 2010, Susan returned to acting, which she had not done since her earliest days at U of T, where she was privileged to appear at Hart House Theatre directed by Robert Gill. Since becoming a thespian again, she has appeared in over twenty stage productions, a similar number of short films, one feature film, the acclaimed web series Out With Dad, and several commercials. In December 2016, Susan won the Best Lead Female award from International Online Web Fest (based in the UK) for her role as Beatrice in A Cloud to Walk On, directed by Adam Pedersen; the film itself won the Best Short Film award.