Former USC grad, husband win music education award

Published Jan 30, 2013 at 12:01 am (Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm)

The Columbus Symphony announced the winners of the 2013 Music Educator Awards, honoring individuals who make a difference in the community through a dedication to music education, and their efforts to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for music education.

Susan Forry Locke, a 2006 inductee of the Upper St. Clair High School Arts Hall of Fame, and her husband, Doug, were selected for the Music Educator Award – Community Education Award. The award includes a $2,500 grant to be spent at their discretion on a broad range of music education endeavors.

Forry Locke grew up in Upper St. Clair, attending USC schools from first grade through high school and was involved in the music program from third grade until graduation. Her first teacher was Sandra Stein, string program for the USC Schools, then Albert Hertz from the Pittsburgh Symphony. She and her husband studied and graduated from The University of Hartford Hartt School of Music with a bachelor of music performance and education and received a master of music performance and Suzuki pedagogy at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

The Lockes are the artistic/executive directors, founders, and violin teachers for Suzuki Music Columbus. Each maintains a full teaching studio of Suzuki violin students and co-directs the Suzuki Music Columbus tour group. Both also serve as adjunct faculty at Otterbein University, are active chamber music performers, and serve as faculty coaches for Chamber Music Connection. They are violinists in the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra and Doug also serves as personnel manager.

They have been on the faculty of Capital University as violin faculty. They have performed with their student Tour Group in Estonia, China, Italy, and most recently, Peru as well as the American Southwest and Florida. They reside in Columbus.

The Lockes will be presented with their awards at a brunch on March 3 at The Westin Hotel. For more information, visit

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