Susan Clothier is a native Oklahoman. She attended Oklahoma City University where upon graduation, she immediately started her teaching career. Susan taught in Oklahoma Public schools for 37 years. She took two years off to complete her Masters degree at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. Susan spent her entire career in Oklahoma, teaching at Western Heights, Washington, Tuttle, and Tecumseh before returning to OKC to serve as Director of Bands at Putnam City North High School for 19 years until retiring in 2018. During her time at Putnam City, Susan also served at the District Coordinator of Bands and was the Fine Arts Department Chair at PC North.
Susan served as the director of the Falls Creek Baptist Assembly band for 26 years. She currently directs the “Friends” Band consisting of senior adults and is the Minister of Music and Worship at Highland Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Susan was named Oklahoma’s Band Director of the Year and has been inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Hall of Fame. She received the "Outstanding Service Award to Oklahoma Small School Bands” from the OK Small School Band Director’s Association and was named the Area 6 winner from the National Federation of High School Associations.
She enjoys reading and spending time with her dogs Georgia, Marilyn, and Judy.
Susan Clothier joined the Palen Music Center staff during the summer of 2018.