Susan Gray

Susan Gray

Professor, Piano/Collaborative Piano/Rawlins Piano Trio


W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 132

Phone: (605) 658-3480




An acclaimed performer and teacher, Susan Keith Gray is a member of the Rawlins Piano Trio and the Kobayashi/Gray Duo. She teaches piano and pedagogy and is the Director of the Master of Music in Collaborative Piano.

Teaching Interests:

Piano, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy

Research Interests:

Collaborative Piano, Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Music of Women Composers


  • DMA, Piano Performance: Chamber Music and Accompanying, The University of Michigan, 1990
  • Master of Music, Piano Performance, The University of Illinois, 1981
  • Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Converse College, 1979

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Professional Certification, Music Teachers National Association


  • Touring Arts Roster, Rawlins Piano Trio, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Principal. (2014 - 2016)
  • CTL Teaching Improvement Grant, College of Fine Arts. Grant Role: Principal. (2013 - 2013)
  • Touring Arts Roster, Rawlins Piano Trio, South Dakota Arts Council. Grant Role: Principal. (2012 - 2014)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Gray, Susan. Elegy for Violin and Piano. In Poem: Music of Kathryn Mishell, edited by Kathryn Mishell. Austin, TX: Pierian Recording Society, 2014.
  • Gray, Susan. Attracting Opposites. In Attracting Opposites. Cleveland, OH: Azica Records, distributed by Naxos, 2013.

Awards and Honors:

  • 2014-2016 Wayne and Esther Knutson Distinguished Professor, College of Fine Arts/Wayne Knutson, 2014
  • Nomination, Knutson Distinguished Professor, 2012
  • Annual Research Award Nomination, USD Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 2010
  • Belbas Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of South Dakota, 2005


  • Gray, Susan K.. (Lecture-Recital) Hidden Treasures: Music by Women Composers for Violin and Piano. Presented at the First International Conference on Women Work in Music, Wales, UK. (September 6, 2017)
  • Gray, Susan, Kim, Eunho, Gagnon, MarieElaine. Voicing and Balance for One or More Players. Presented at the Central Minnesota Music Teachers Association monthly meeting, Willmar, Minnesota. (September 10, 2011)
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  • Gray, Susan, Kim, Eunho, Gagnon, MarieElaine. Artist Showcase. Presented at the National Conference, New York City. (January 14, 2010)