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Sue On (she/her) is a dynamic conductor, accomplished violinist, and dedicated educator with extensive experience in music education and arts administration. She is currently serving as the Artistic Director of the Lakeland Youth Symphony and conductor of its Symphony Orchestra in addition to being the Artistic Director and conductor of the Rowan Youth Orchestra and the Rowan Youth String Orchestra at Rowan University’s Community Music School. Sue is the conductor of the Repertory Orchestra with the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra (NJSYO), an El Sistema program, where she has the privilege of working with coaches who are members of the esteemed New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In 2024, Sue made history by being the first woman of Asian descent to conduct at Mechanics Hall alongside the Worcester Youth Orchestras during their Four Orchestras Festival in Worcester, Mass. 

Sue is frequently sought after as a guest conductor and clinician across the tri-state area. Her recent engagements include conducting the North Jersey School Music Association Region 1 Intermediate Orchestra, the South Jersey Band and Orchestra Region 3 Intermediate Orchestra, and serving as a guest teaching artist at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem, where she conducted the Palestinian Youth Orchestra. Having studied conducting under the tutelage of the late Maestro Vincent La Selva, founder of the New York Grand Opera and esteemed professor at Juilliard, Sue brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her conducting endeavors. Furthermore, she has honed her skills as a jazz violinist under the guidance of Grammy award-winning artist Scott Tixier.

Committed to the advancement of music education and the orchestral community, Sue actively participates in various professional organizations. She serves as a board member of the NJ Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and recently joined the advisory board for the Denville Arts Council. Additionally, Sue is affiliated with esteemed organizations such as the League of American Orchestras, NAfME, NJMEA, Suzuki Association of Americas, International Society for Music Education (ISME), and a member of Sphinx.

Outside of her musical pursuits, Sue enjoys indulging in hobbies such as competitive jigsaw puzzling, perfecting her macaron recipes, and indulging in the latest TV shows.

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Fun Facts

I'm always trying new macaron recipes in the kitchen. So far my top favorites are Lavender Earl Grey, Margaritas, and Dark Chocolate Raspberry.


I went skydiving once and realized I got more of an adrenaline rush conducting my favorite orchestra pieces than jumping out of an airplane at 14,000 ft.


I am an avid jigsaw puzzler! I finish about twenty jigsaw puzzles a year that ranges between 1,000-3,000 pieces.






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