Suzanne Duffy earned a master’s degree in flute performance from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University. In addition to post-graduate studies at SUNY-Stony Brook, she was a four-year member of the New World Symphony, a Miami Beach-based orchestral fellowship training program led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Her principal teachers have included Carol Wincenc, Peter Lloyd, Walfrid Kujala, Samuel Baron and Mary Louise Poor. She has participated in master classes with William Bennett, James Galway and the late Geoffrey Gilbert. She is principal flute for Symphony of the Vines and Opera San Luis Obispo, and second flute/piccolo for Opera Santa Barbara (for the 2017/18 season, substitute principal flute). She has performed with Ventura College Opera Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Florida West Coast Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony.
During the 2015-16 concert season, Duffy was a featured soloist for San Luis Obispo’s Canzona Women’s Ensemble in November, and for Symphony of the Vines’ May performance of John Fernstrom’s Concertino for Flute, Op. 52. Other recent solo performances include Georges Hüe’s "Fantasie," with Symphony of the Vines; J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 2 in B minor for Cal Poly's “Bach in the Mission;" and Charles Griffes' "Poem" with the Cal Poly Symphony; as well as several guest artist appearances with Cuesta College’s North County Chorus, Cassandra Tarantino, director.
In 2012, Duffy presented recitals in Paris and Domfront, France, and performed for the 2011 National Flute Association’s annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. From 2012-15, she regularly presented full chamber music recitals on the “Music at Trinity” community series hosted by Trinity Episcopal Church of Santa Barbara. Duffy is a featured soloist in a recording project of music by UCSB Black Studies composer Earl Stewart ("From the Heart," 2007) and has appeared on recordings for folksinger Susan Marie Reeves, fiddle player Michael Mendelson, and three recordings for the Santa Barbara-based Irish band, Dannsair. Duffy's 2013 “Music at Trinity” recital, with New West Symphony flutist Paul Fried and pianist Christopher Davis, was also broadcast on KDB 93.7 radio.
In addition to her private studio teaching, Duffy has held flute instructor positions at Indiana and Indiana State Universities. She also has a diverse arts administration résumé with symphonies, ballet companies, and chamber music organizations, including having served as production manager for Camerata Pacifica, of Santa Barbara, Scholarship Chair for the Santa Barbara Music Club, and most recently artistic operations coordinator for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.