Susanna Gaunt joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra horn section in January 2006.
Just prior to joining the CSO, Gaunt performed regularly as a freelancer with the San Francisco Symphony, LucasArts Productions (recording movie soundtracks), the California Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She also has held various positions in other orchestras across the country, including third horn in the San Diego Symphony, third/associate principal horn in the San Antonio Symphony, and both third and fourth horn in the North Carolina Symphony. Gaunt also has been a member of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony.
Gaunt has performed at various music festivals including Napa Valley’s Music in the Vineyards Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
A native of New England, Gaunt completed a Bachelor of Music degree in 1992 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where her principal teachers were Richard Sebring, Norman Bolter and Richard Mackey. Her primary mentor and inspiration is former teacher Nedo Pandolfi.
Outside of music, Susanna Gaunt has a variety of other interests including cooking, hiking, gardening and running. She lives in Oak Park with her tubist husband, Matthew Gaunt, and their two children.