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Sue Sidoti

Sue Sidoti studied violin and viola with Robert Gerle and Raymond Sidoti, organ with Bruce Eicher, Donald McDonald and Jean Langlais, and piano with Reynaldo Reyes and Betty Oberacker.  After preliminary study in violin, viola and organ at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Music degree in organ from Westminster Choir College in Princeton and her Master of Music degree in violin and viola from The Ohio State University where she was elected to the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda.  While at The Ohio State University, she was graduate associate and violist of the graduate string quartet, and played in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Sidoti has performed extensively in the United States and Europe and has been violist of the Shiras String Quartet in residence at Northern Michigan University and the Capital University String Quartet in residence at Capital University.  She has also performed as soloist with the Rome Festival Orchestra.  She has taught at Baylor University, the Rome Festival Institute in Italy, Stephens College (where she was also chapel organist), Augustana College, Northwestern College and Dordt College.  She has received touring grants from the South Dakota Arts Council as a member of the Sidoti Trio, has been violist of the Academy String Quartet in residence at Augustana College and Director of the former Augustana Academy for the Performing Arts.  Formerly Associate Principal Violist and now a member of the viola section of the South Dakota Symphony, she has been Principal Violist of the Rome Festival Orchestra, the Superior Chamber Orchestra, the Missouri Symphony Society Chamber Orchestra, the Northwest Iowa Symphony, and the Sioux City Symphony.  She is currently violist of the Sidoti Trio and Quartet and a faculty member of the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts at the Pavilion.  She was formerly Newsletter Editor and then President of the South Dakota String Teachers’ Association, and is listed in The International Who’s Who of Women.