Susie Fowls, a native of North Carolina, discovered her love for music and dance at an early age with lessons in piano, ballet and fine art. She left home at 17 to pursue her passion for music at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, she moved to New York City and studied at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1979 she married and moved to Los Angeles with her husband, where she began work as a freelance accompanist for Ballet and Modern Dance studios in the greater Los Angeles area. Her work as an accompanist, along with the many Ballet and Modern Dance performances available in the LA area, planted the seed for her love of Dance, and Ballet in particular.
Susie and her husband spent 5 years in the Washington DC suburb of Fairfax Station, VA in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It was here, while raising her sons and caring for her family and home that she had the opportunity to see some of the many ballet companies that travel to the Kennedy Center each year. Highlights include taking her now-deceased mother to see the Miami City Ballet perform Don Quixote, and taking her oldest son, at that time an impressionable 14 year old, to see the Bolshoi perform the Nutcracker during the 2002 Christmas season. It remains a highlight for him as well. She and her husband of 37 years, and their 3 sons, settled in the Grand Canyon state in 2003.
Her interest in supporting the arts and education as a volunteer and a donor is familial and ongoing. She and her husband fund a Music Scholarship at her Alma Mater, Meredith College, known as “The Fowls Family Music Scholarship”. Her mother left a scholarship also to Meredith College which helps non-college-age women return to school and finish their education after an absence of working and/or having a family. Susie has served on the Board of the Brophy College Prep Mothers Guild. She has worked tirelessly as a volunteer Braille Transcriber, most notably for a small publisher in the Boston area called Vedanta Publishers, for whom she transcribed a collection of 20 plus books from print to braille. She continues to volunteer at the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix when time permits.
When not managing her busy household, Susie enjoys being outdoors gardening, walking her dog Stella, hiking and spending downtime with her husband. She is an avid sports fan, but her great loves continue to be art, music and above all, the Ballet.