born in the United States
Susan Slaughter joined the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in l969 and four years later became the first woman ever to be named Principal Trumpet of a major symphony orchestra.
In 1992 Ms. Slaughter founded the International Women’s Brass Conference, an organization dedicated to provide opportunities and recognition for women brass musicians. As a fund-raising effort to support the International Women’s Brass Conference, Ms. Slaughter organized and produced the very popular Holiday Brass Concerts, which are now in their second decade, and are performed each December in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.
In 1996, Ms. Slaughter founded Monarch Brass, an all women’s brass ensemble, which has toured in the United States and Europe to critical acclaim.
Ms. Slaughter has been on the faculty of the Grand Teton Orchestra Seminar and the National Orchestra Institute. She is presently on the faculty of The Texas Music Festival.
Ms. Slaughter retired as Principal Trumpet from the Saint Louis Symphony on September 1, 2010.