Meet Our Instructors


Michael R. Gagliardo

Susan Di Biase – Cello


Susan Di Biase began her cello studies at the age of six with Dorothy Glyde of Auburn. She has played the cello in the University of Alabama Youth Orchestra, University of Tennessee Symphony, Atlanta Philharmonic and Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra. In 1995 she became a founding member of the JSU Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Di Biase is a member of the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra and performs frequently with local chamber music groups.

Ms. Di Biase believes that the study of music is an integral part of a well-rounded education. An experienced educator, she became a cello teacher after over a decade of teaching clinical nursing and medical ethics at the collegiate level. Ms. Di Biase holds masters degrees in nursing and theological studies, and completed her masters degree in music at Jacksonville State University in the spring of 2014. Her cello instructors have included Carey Cheney, Craig Hultgren, and Jessica Messere. Music opens doors to celebrate the lifelong joy of discovery.

Gadsden Community School for the Arts