Susan started her musical career at a very young age taking piano lessons. She played both piano and organ in her local church throughout high school, while teaching herself to play guitar. During her 20 year career in the United States Navy, she picked up various instruments she was interested in, including harp, lyre, ukulele, clarinet, oboe, and bass clarinet. She primarily played the bass clarinet while in an orchestra in Fairfax County, Virginia and continues to play that instrument in orchestral settings, as well as continuing to play piano for her local church here in Hawaii. She has also sung in various churches and choirs, and dances hula.