Matt Dorland is a professional pianist, music educator, and songwriter based out of the Twin Cities. In addition to teaching a studio of over 50 students, he is the Music Director at Stevie Ray’s Comedy Cabaret in Chanhassen, MN, where he improvises hit songs on the spot. Matt’s extensive background in jazz piano lends a distinctive Latin and blues-inspired sound to his work, with influences of Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Susan LaVelle is a singer and lyricist from the Twin Cities. A love for writing and singing has been hers since childhood, which led her to a professional focus on and a master’s degree in writing. Susan works for MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. Her musical influences are wide, but she credits several female musicians as her inspiration for musicality, individuality, creativity, and tenacity: Ella Fitzgerald, Annie Lenox, Annie Herring, and Bonnie Raitt.