Susan Dakin's logo Susan Dakin, Ph.D., Independent Consultant in Technical & Scientific Writing & Editing
(919) 544-4966, 5712 Loyal Ave, Durham, NC 27713

Program-Note Writing and Music-Related Services

Dr. Dakin provides the following services for performances of classical music:

• research and writing of program notes
• program and program-note editing
• program design and desktop publishing
• editing of vocal text translations to English
• lecturing on music, especially opera

For samples or to purchase rights to reprint program notes, please contact Dr. Dakin.

Music-Related Experience

Dr. Dakin has written program notes for over 30 concerts of the Choral Society of Durham, including ten joint concerts with the North Carolina Symphony. She also has written program notes for Triangle Opera and the Duke University Opera Workshop. She has written notes for works from the baroque period to the late 20th century, including choral and orchestral works and operas. Her notes have been praised by Triangle-area music reviewers, including John Lambert (in Spectator Magazine and Classical Voice of North Carolina).

Since 1982, Dr. Dakin has designed and edited all Choral Society concert programs and arranged for their printing. In addition to writing program notes, she has edited the notes written by conductors Rodney Wynkoop and Larry Cook, and she has co-written program notes with Dr. Wynkoop for five concerts. For many Choral Society programs, she has revised the translations of texts, often in consultation with native speakers of the languages. She also has designed and edited programs for the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham since 1997.

Dr. Dakin teaches an introductory opera appreciation course annually for Duke University Continuing Education. In February 2004, she will offer an introduction to Wagner’s Ring Cycle through Duke Continuing Ed. She also has made presentations on opera for the Duke Institute for Learning in Retirement and to community groups.

On behalf of the Choral Society of Durham, Dr. Dakin has been interviewed on local radio about works to be presented in concert.

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