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"Thanks for a great program! You all were wonderful, and the music was very interesting. Thanks again for an outstanding concert last week- you played beautifully!"
— Alan Parshley, Lecturer in Horn, University of Vermont

"Susan LaFever is a very talented hornist... She combines a lovely legato style with an agile technique and superior musicianship."
— David Jolley, Soloist, Recitalist and Chamber Musician

"Thank you for your excellent presentation here this past month. The students really enjoyed hearing your performance and your master class. Excellent work!"
— Randall E. Faust, Composer; Professor of Horn, Western Illinois University

"I have found [Susan] to be possessed of an innate musical sense, and a naturalness in her articulation of musical ideas. I believe that she is a player who has a lot to say on her instrument. In addition, she has the technical wherewithal to make her ideas sound. She is a musician I enjoy listening to, which I consider high praise indeed."
— Joseph Anderer, Member, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Member, Orchestra of St. Luke's & St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble

"Susan [is] a fine artist with an excellent sense of musical line. Combining this natural musicianship with her fluid technique, she [is an] outstanding soloist."
— Allen French, Professor of Horn, Grand Valley State University


"[The] program opened with a very ambitious work: "Concerto, Opus 91," by Reinhold Gliere. LaFever proved to be equal to all the complex work presented, and she showed a great variety of tonal expression, both spirited and vigorous, to sweet and mellow tones. The horn is a most challenging brass instrument, requiring complete mastery of pitch, of which LaFever was always in complete control."
— Daily Gate City, Keokuk, IA

"Each [performer] had at least one important moment, and none disappointed. Particularly notable: Susan LaFever's shapely horn solo in the gracious Minuet." —
The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ

"The orchestra did a handsome job of accompanying Badura-Skoda. Notable was Susan LaFever's...excellent performance." — Journal-Star, Lincoln, NE

"Top honors go to hornist Susan LaFever, whose performance of the famous (Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony) second movement horn solo was shapely and secure."
— The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ

"In each of the works, the horn section had a major role. Performer Susan LaFever contributed a great deal. [Her] solo in the Beethoven was particularly effective."
— Journal-Star, Lincoln, NE

"The ensemble was as stylish in Gershwin's jazzy scoring as in his more conventional orchestration. There were fine contributions from Susan LaFever [and others]."
— New York Times, New York, NY
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