Professor of Theory and Composition
Office: 207 Keene Hall
Susan Cohn Lackman, Ph.D., M.B.A., is an internationally-known composer and author whose articles and lectures about music, as well as creative arts management solutions, increase access to and understanding of music throughout the world. After a youth spent absorbing the music and art from a variety of cultures around the world as the daughter of a Naval officer, she earned her B.Mus.Ed. degree at Temple University, an M.A. at The American University, and a Ph.D. at Rutgers University. Dr. Lackman came to Rollins College in 1981, and she credits her insatiable curiosity for the fact that she has taught courses in harmony, counterpoint, Jewish music, music business, arts administration, Russian music, music criticism, and music history. Her activity in arts management, including serving as General Manager of WPRK-FM, Treasurer of the International Alliance for Women in Music, and Board Chair and Executive Director of the Festival of Orchestras led her to receive the M.B.A. from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins. Dr. Lackman is also in demand as a choral adjudicator, and her essays about music have been enriching and delighting concert-goers for years. Audiences from Boston to Beijing have heard her music in concert; her first symphony was recorded by Vienna Modern Masters at a music festival in the Czech Republic.
Dr. Lackman is a champion for people seeking their full potential. The closeness she shares with her daughters, one a Rollins grad (A.B.Hon, '00) and attorney, one a “desk” with the State Department and a symphony musician, is her true delight.