Susan Jimenez was appointed conductor of the Prelude Orchestra in 2009. She is presently teaching elementary strings in the Fairfield Public School system. She has served as a conductor with the Waterbury Youth Symphony from 1996 to 2006, and in 2003, founded the organization's summer music program.
Mrs. Jimenez grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she attended a High School that specialized in visual and performing arts. From there she went on to obtain her Bachelors Degree in cello performance from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. In 1994 she received an Artist Diploma in Cello Performance from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, and in 1996, received her Masters Degree, also in Cello Performance, from Queens College, City University of New York. In 1998, she completed the Alternate Route to Certification and has been teaching in the public schools ever since. In September, she will start a long term Suzuki Cello training program at the School for Strings in Manhattan.
As a performer, she has played in orchestras throughout Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. She was the former principal cellist of the Norwalk Symphony. Currently she is a member of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and the Waterbury Symphony.