Susan Moninger holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Millikin University and a Masters degree in Music Education from Northwestern University. Director of Student Choral Activities at Elmhurst College, Professor Moninger conducts the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, & the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble “Late Night Blues.” The vocal jazz ensemble has headlined for FAME events in New York, California, and Florida. They also were chosen to represent the United States performing in the International Festival of University Choirs “Universitas Cantat” held in Poland. Recently, members of the Elmhurst College Concert Choir sang with the Chicago Pops Orchestra, performing Distant Worlds/Final Fantasy at the Rosemont Theater and can be heard on their CD released this past summer with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnie Roth, conductor. The choir tours throughout the United States and has also performed in Prague with the Czech Symphony and for Academy Award winner Howard Shore for his “Lord of the Rings” Symphony.
Professor Moninger judges numerous middle and high school concert choir, vocal jazz and show choir festivals and competitions as well as conducts collegiate clinics, District and All-State Festivals in the United States, Canada, Italy, Poland, London and the Netherlands. She recently appeared in a London documentary: “Glee-ful: The Truth about Show Choirs.” A former jingle singer, (United Airlines, Green Giant, and numerous other national commercials) she recently served as a judge to help choose finalists from around the world for the next “Voice of McDonalds”. As a composer and arranger her vocal jazz charts are published by KJOS of San Diego, California. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, Actors Equity Association, American Choral Directors Association, and Music Educators National Conference.
Professor Moninger has served as the Standard and Repertoire Chairperson for Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. This summer she celebrated 31 years as co-founder and co-director of Showchoir Camps of America. She has worked with over 30,000 students and directors from around the world. These workshops have been held at Millikin University, Heidelberg University, and Walt Disney World Resorts and focus on teaching and refining singing, dancing, and performing techniques.