Susan Boardman was associate professor of music at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus through Spring 2008, where she taught voice and directed the Penn State Opera Theatre. Before joining the Penn State music faculty in 1993, she spent seventeen years teaching voice, vocal pedagogy, and opera at the University of Miami in Florida. Dr. Boardman, a lyric soprano, has appeared with the Florida Family Opera of the Greater Miami Opera Association, the Gold Coast Theater, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Gusman Hall Chamber Players, Festival Miami, the Dranoff Double Piano Symposium, the Miami Bach Society, the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, the State College Choral Society, and Penn State's Centre Stage, among other musical organizations. She has presented solo recitals in Europe and Australia, as well as the United States, achieved renown as a singer of new music, and premiered a number of vocal works.
Dr. Boardman earned a bachelor of music and a master of music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a doctor of musical arts in vocal performance from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her research on art song settings of folksongs and vocal training for a career in musical theatre has been published in the Music Educators Journal, the Journal of Singing, and Australian Voice. She sits on the board of directors of the National Opera Association.