Susan Carroll is an innovative and sensitive musician who loves to communicate through many diverse genres of music, from Bach on the pipe organ to a toe tapping gospel hymn on the piano. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Susan grew up in a musical household where both of her United Methodist clergy parents nurtured and encouraged her love for music. Susan began studying organ and playing for church services in high school and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from Yale University and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
Susan's most recent position was with Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence, RI. There she doubled the size of the choir and started music programs for youth ages 4-18, including a summer arts camp.
Susan has served churches of various denominations including Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park, NJ and United Church on the Green in New Haven, CT. As an organist she has performed with the Providence Singers and South County Chamber Singers as well as organ recitals at Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, RI, Trinity Episcopal Church in Newport, RI, St. Philips Cathedral in Atlanta, GA and St. Peter’s Church in Danbury, CT.
In addition to over 20 years of church music experience, Susan is also in high demand as a collaborative pianist. Susan has been the accompanist for the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, the Community College of Rhode Island, the West Bay Chorale, the RPM Voices Gospel Choir and the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus.
Susan and her husband John Giacchi are proud parents of 2 children, 5 year old Gianna and 3 year old James. Their family shares a passion for music and John is a talented percussionist who is currently finishing a music education degree at the University of Rhode Island and plays in several local bands.
Susan is excited to be part of the amazing array of music and arts programming at Asylum Hill. She is looking forward to collaborating with Steve Mitchell, members of the choir and instrumentalists, and especially creating beautiful and inspiring music on Asylum Hill’s incredible Aeolian-Skinner organ.