North Carolina native, Sue Ford is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Choir, percussion band and classical piano infused Sue’s early life. While immersed in regional music at Appalachian State and Warren Wilson College, Sue became a “folkie”.
She married puppeteer Hobey Ford and raised and homeschooled three daughters. Sue continued to study and perform an eclectic blend of musical enterprises including African drumming, dance, marimba and balafon, music history and theory, songwriting, composing, guitar, banjo and cello playing.
Sue Ford’s professional activities include serving as assistant director of Womansong for seven years, performing and releasing a CD of original music entitled The Water is Fine in 2003, serving as artistic consultant on multiple recording projects for Womansong, EMBE Marimba Band and Chikomo Marimba, presenting workshops and performances for teachers at the National Expeditionary Learning Conference, the National Orff Association Conference, the National Children’s Music Network Conference and the NC Charter School Conference.
Sue has studied music and music education at UNC-A, Western Carolina University and University of Kentucky. She is certified in all three levels of Orff Schulwerk.
Sue taught music at Rainbow Community from 2003 – 2006 and then went to work full time at Evergreen Community Charter School where she developed their music curriculum including the marimba program and the community chorus, which she continues to direct part-time. She won 2nd place the WNC Best of Award for the Best Music Teacher in 2013.
Not only that, Sue puts on a Super Woman cape and performs in a local band, Chikomo Marimba. She also coordinates Song Circle and is a regular musical wonder!
You can reach her at: Sue.Ford@rainbowlearning.org