Susan Kier Gordon is a native of Bay Village, Ohio and began viola studies at age 8. She has been a member of the St. Louis Symphony since 1987, upon receiving her bachelors of music with Robert Vernon at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previously, while studying with Dr. Jerzy Kosmala, Susan served as violist of the Baton Rouge String Quartet from 1981-83. She holds the 1983 National Federation of Music Clubs competition award and has appeared as soloist for the National Arts Chamber Orchestra. Susan is very musically active performing chamber music, including having been a member the Amici Quartet in residence at St. Louis University. Susan performs on Max Frirsz viola, one of twin violas originally commissioned for and owned by Heidi Castlemann, made in 1985 in Cooperstown, New York. Coincidentally, the other viola twin found a home in the St. Louis Symphony.
Featured musician on AAM Recordings release Chamber Music for English Horn and Strings, 2004.