A native of Northwest Arkansas, Suzanne Graham, leads our Dazzling Diamonds Chorus (DDC). Her enthusiam for music shows each and every week at our rehearsals and various events.
Even though Suzanne has been a part of music -- and music a part of her --all of her life, she still strives to keep music education at the forefront.
That's why it was so important for her to reach her goal of Certified Director. She earned her SAI Director's Certification and was presented the official pin at the 2014 Region 25 RAMM meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
We are very honored to share that our Director, Suzanne, earned the prestigious "500 Director" in March 2019!
On a personal note, Suzanne is married to her high school sweetheart, Wade. They have been married for 28 years. Suzanne and Wade have a passion for shooting sporting clays and enjoy traveling all of the United States competing.
What does Wade and Suzanne consider their greatest accomplishment? Their twin daugthers - Amy & Mandy. They are truly miracles from God! Both girls are graduates of the University of Arkansas with their teaching degrees. Suzanne, Amy, & Mandy sing together in their church; while Amy is now a member of Dazzling Diamonds Chorus, making Suzanne one very proud Mom! Suzanne and Amy are also singing together in the quartet Marvelous! Look for them on the competition stage in March!!!
To obtain her goals, and to be there to enrich DDC, Suzanne has experienced the following:
Began in Sweet Adelines in 1989.
July 2013 - attended "Side by Side International Directors Training" in Orange County, California.
July 2013 - Received directors coaching from Robin Curtis and Glenda Rucker
July 2013 - Attended "The Melodeers" Chorus Rehearsal to gain more knowledge from Master Director, Jim Arns.
Attended numerous Region 25 Summer Music Camps & Quartet Retreats.
Attended numerous Sweet Adelines International Competitions.
A member of "Special D'Sign", a quartet who was not only a member of SAI, but also Harmony, Incorporated. Special D'Sign won their Regional Competition and earned a place in Harmony Incorporated 1999 International Competition where they earned 9th place and received Novice Quartet Award.
She came to DDC in 2013 with 5 years Sweet Adeline directing experience and continues to lead the way today!!!