Courses taught at Liberty University:
Applied Woodwind Studio, Director of the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra, Woodwind Chamber Ensembles, Woodwind Methods
Dr. Armenio Suzano was born in Brazil and at the age of 16 won a competition to become the youngest member ever of the renowned Rio de Janeiro Opera House Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra do Teatro Municipal). He served as their Assistant Principal Clarinetist for 9 years. Upon moving to the United States, Suzano engaged in multicultural ministry – particularly within Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts and Spanish-speaking communities in Texas.
Dr. Suzano’s accomplishments include the Outstanding Music Graduate Award as well as the President’s Award for Outstanding Performer of the Year (1997) from Stephen F. Austin State University (TX) and the 1st prize at the Sul-America International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An avid soccer player and accomplished clarinetist and saxophonist, Suzano has performed with the Northwestern University and The University of Michigan Symphony Orchestras, South Bend Symphony (IL) and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (MI). In 1983-84 he was the guest soloist with the Amazonas Brasilienischemusik Jazz Ensemble in Berlin, Germany.
In 1997 Armenio Suzano won the Solo and Aria Competition at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and in 1998 he won the Concerto Competition at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), where he was also a Humanities Fellow between 1998 and 2000. He holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University (B.M./1997), Northwestern University (M.M./1998) and The University of Michigan (D.M.A./2002). Dr. Suzano studied under professors Russell Dagon and Frederick Hemke (Northwestern University) as well as Fred Ormand and Donald Sinta (The University of Michigan).
Armenio Suzano has conducted Honors Bands throughout the Southeast and maintains an active schedule as a concert clinician and adjudicator. Aside from serving as guest conductor for bands and orchestras throughout the United States, Suzano remains current in the public school classroom through regular visits to area orchestra classes, from beginners through high school. Before joining the faculty at Liberty University, Suzano served as Director of Bands at Brewton-Parker College, Professor of Church Music at Indiana Wesleyan University, and as Graduate Instructor at the University of Michigan.