Susan Wiersma Uchimura is a resident artist with the Merling Trio and staff accompanist at Western Michigan University.
Previously she served on the piano faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Augusta College in Georgia, and the accompanying faculties of the Meadowmount School of Music and the Aspen Music School.
Ms. Wiersma Uchimura received bachelor of music degrees in theory and piano from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the master of music degree in pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. She has also studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and in New York with Dorothy Taubman and Edna Golandsky. She has performed with the CIM Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Western String Chamber Orchestra, Cappricio Chamber Orchestra, Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Wiersma Uchimura performs regularly with major young artists as resident collaborative pianist for the Julius Stulberg Young Artists Auditions, the Music Teacher National Association-Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, the Encore School for Strings, and the Pensacola Summer Music Festival. She recently concertized with violinists Scott St. John, Jun-Ching Lin, and Robert Chen.
Ms. Wiersma Uchimura has been a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Music Teachers Association. She has served frequently as an adjudicator and has presented numerous workshops and master classes throughout the United States. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society.