Suzanne Galer-Wert is the West Campus Director of Music for First United Methodist Church of Boca Raton. She directs the Traditional Choir, sings solos, and plays the piano. Suzanne has served as a college professor of voice for over thirty years works for Palm Beach State College. She is also the Director of Bel Canto Studios of the Palm Beaches where she teaches piano and voice.
Growing up at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Suzanne sang her first solos, studied piano with the church organist, and served in bell choir and liturgical dance. Music runs in the family, and Suzanne’s grandmother was a church organist, choir director, and piano teacher in Albany, New York. Her grandfather left the family baking business in the Netherlands to pursue his dream of being a band director and composer.
Suzanne is a believer in embracing all musical styles and denominations and loves the blending of gospel and classical at West Campus. Serving churches throughout the United States, Suzanne’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”
A bit of a “church mouse” Suzanne received a BA in Music and Theater from Hope College, a Christian college in Holland, Michigan. She worked for Robert Schuller Ministries at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California where she helped record the original sound track of the Glory of Christmas. She taught at the Crystal Cathedral Academy and sang in internationally televised services. After receiving masters and doctoral degrees in vocal performance from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, she moved to New York City where she was Director of Christian Education for Bethany Memorial Church. In New York City, she sang for Marble Collegiate Church, served as chapel pianist at the Inter-Church Center, and taught voice at the Dwight School.
An Associate Instructor at Indiana University at Bloomington, Suzanne worked as a soprano for the University Director of Church Music, Marilyn Keiser, at Trinity Episcopal Church. During her professorships, Suzanne held pianist positions at First Baptist of Huntsville, TX and at Quaker Friends Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. She served as Choral Director and Bell Choir Director for First Presbyterian of Huntsville, Texas and conducted for nine years at First Presbyterian of Marion, Indiana. Galer was organist and choir master at Stony Brook Church (NY), and at First Methodist of New Market, Alabama. Suzanne wore a new hat as contemporary Commercial pianist and Praise Band leader at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina.
An operatic soprano, Suzanne won the New York Vocal Artists Competition and represented NYVA as soloist in Carnegie Hall Recital Hall and at Columbia Artists Hall. She was a Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist and has performed for Indianapolis Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Festival of Rome, the Hawaii International Conference, and the International College Music Society in Bangkok, Thailand. In Palm Beach, she has performed solos with Indian River Orchestra, Robert Sharon Chorale, Royal Poinciana Chapel, Lost Tree Chapel, Bethesda Chapel, Masterworks Chorale of the Palm Beaches, and The Choral Society of the Palm Beaches.
Suzanne and her husband, Brian Wert, reside in West Palm Beach with their feline family: Macavity the Mystery Cat (Mickey), and Sophie.