Player Spotlight ~ Sue Engle ~ Violinist,
Teacher, Dog Lover

Opus 623, Gaspar da Salò Violin, 2008

Sue Engle with Lark & Magic“I play on Cox violin #623, patterned after the work of Gasparo da Salò around the year 1580. 'Gaspar' is an amazing instrument! I am fascinated every day with its powerful, yet expressive dark tone. I never tire of exploring the many colors this violin unlocks.”"Gaspar" Violin #623

Growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Sue began her musical studies at age five - first piano and later clarinet and organ. Over the years she has performed in countless musical groups and has been fascinated by how music is put together. She attained a Master's degree from Indiana University, where she focused on theory, composition and piano. Further studies in Hungary in solfege and music education led to her career as a Kodaly specialist. Working with all ages from nursery school through graduate level college, she taught music for 33 years. Her classes were among those featured in the Ford Foundation film, "Music Lessons." Most recently she taught theory and music education at Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT., and instrumental/vocal music in West Hartford Public Schools, CT., where she was named Teacher of the Year.

Though Sue had longed from childhood to study violin, she was not able to begin that dream until she was 32 years old. Since retiring to Vermont in 2001, she has studied with both Peggy Spencer and Kathy Andrew at the Brattleboro Music Center. Recent pieces have included the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Monti Csardas, Beethoven "Spring" Sonata, Bartok Sonatina, Bach E-Major Concerto and Bach Solo Sonata No. 1. She also plays in the Windham Orchestra and does summer chamber music. With Peggy Spencer, Sue co-authored and published transcriptions for string instruments from Bach's keyboard music - Duets for Two Violins (or Two Violas or Two Cellos), available through

Sue's other passion in life are her dogs. With Larkspur, a Boxer-Mastiff mix, and Magic, a Ridgeback-Lab mix, she has taken classes in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Tracking and Free Style (dog dancing). She shows Magic in American Kennel Club rally trials. In the summer Sue spends time on Cape Cod, MA, walking and swimming with the dogs, biking, kayaking or exploring book stores and antique shops. She also enjoys photography and is looking forward to making movies with her new camcorder.

Photo: Sue Engle with Larkspur and Magic at home in Vermont
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