Chiaroscuro was founded by Susan Matych-Hager in February 2013. Thirteen male singers, many of whom had previously sung under Matych-Hager’s direction, presented their first concert in collaboration with Carillon Women’s Chorale, an Ypsilanti based community choir directed by Karen Nevins in May of 2013.
Since that time, the chorus has increased its membership. We represent many walks of life and a wide range of ages. If you love music and want to be part of this dynamic and exciting group of men, we encourage you to join us at an open rehearsal.
While at Siena Heights University she was a recipient of the Eileen K. Rice Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2010 she received the prestigious Maynard Klein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choral Excellence and Leadership from the American Choral Directors Association Michigan Chapter (ACDA-MI).
She recently served two terms as the Repertory and Standards Chair for Men’s Choirs for ACDA-MI. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Chorus America and the Intercollegiate Male Choruses. She continues to teach a select number of private voice students and occasionally serves as a choral clinician. In addition to directing Chiaroscuro, she is an award-winning nationally known glass artist and jewelry designer.