Working with Trade Winds has given me a direction and focus to my art. I’m learning to be the best musician I can be because I want to be able to be the best teacher for our students who so often have what society considers leftover.
— Suzanne Hannau

Suzanne Hannau

Flutist and Vocalist

Suzanne Hannau (Gillen) is an active freelance performer and teacher in the Chicagoland area noted for being “…especially deft at those dual actor/musician duties.”  She earned both her BM and MM in flute performance from DePaul University, studying with Mary Stolper and Jennifer Clippert.  Suzanne is passionate about the marriage of different performance arts in a production and is always looking for opportunities to combine instrumental doubling with movement, acting, and singing.  In addition to working with Trade Winds, Suzanne is a member of Aether Ensemble, a Chicago-based woodwind quintet, and has also performed with 5th Wave Collective and the City Lights Orchestra.  Suzanne has been on stage and in the pit orchestras for various theaters in the Chicago area, most notably in Court Theatre as an actor musician for The Dead (“Lily”) and Secret Garden (“Robin”), TimeLine Theatre’s production of Juno, Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd

An avid supporter of contemporary music, Suzanne commissions works for solo flute by local composers.  She premiered Eric Malmquist’s Sonata for Solo Flute in December of 2015 and in July of 2016 she premiered Jonathan Hannau’s Pathway for alto flute and voice: single performer.

Suzanne is an invigorating, demanding, and encouraging flute teacher.  Though she strives to make music fun and exciting, she requires diligent practice, focus, and a desire to continue improving from all her students, regardless of skill level.  She teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago, Marian Catholic High School, and in her private studio in Lincoln Park.  Over the past few years, Suzanne earned her Musikgarten© Certification and License.  This Montessori-based approach to early childhood music education has influenced her own teaching style.  She encourages her students of all ages to enjoy the actual process of learning, rather than only focusing on the results of practice. 

Additionally, Suzanne is an active singer and choir director and can be found waving her arms while insisting on proper vowel placement and clear diction in front of the St. Vincent Ensemble at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Lincoln Park.