Songs in Key of Chai: Oldish Newish Mostly Jewish
Susan Salidor is an award-winning children's music composer and performer with the heart of a teacher. Her sixth recording, Come and Make a Circle 2: More Terrific Tunes for Kids, Teachers and Families (2/06), is the second in the series and a follow-up to Come and Make a Circle: 20 Terrific Tunes for Kids and Teachers (2003). Both recordings are winners of a Parents' Choice Award and a NAPPA Award. The 2003 recording is also a winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award and an iParenting Media Award. Susan's first recording, Little Voices In My Head (1995), received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award and was named "One of the year's five best children's recordings" by Sesame Street Parent Magazine. Her second recording, Susan Salidor: By Heart (1996), was honored with a Parents' Choice Gold Award for Excellence and received unanimous praise in the Chicago Tribune, Nashville Parent, Parents' Magazine, ALA Booklist, and Family Fun Magazine, which called By Heart "an album to savor." Color Me Singing (1998), Susan's third kids' recording, was chosen as a selection in Book-of-the-Month Club's Sound Review Catalog. Color Me Singing also a Parents' Choice Gold Award, an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Audio Award 2000, as well as a "Listen Up!" award from Publishers Weekly. Her fourth recording, Shiny New Shoes (2001), was awarded a Parents' Choice Silver Award and in his Chicago Parent review, Fred Koch writes that Shiny New Shoes "brims with delightful songs and is filled with expert musicianship." Susan has also been honored as a songwriter with several ASCAP Popular Awards for songwriting. In addition, the song "Color Me Singing," is featured in a primary school textbook Making Music (Scott Foresman/Silver Burdett). Susan's recordings are recommended in The Best of Everything for Your Baby (Krantz/Exley, Prentice Hall), and her song, "Ruby B.," appears in the first edition of Ruby Bridges' autobiography Through My Eyes (Scholastic Press). She has also published The Susan Salidor Songbook, a songbook and CD set of original music from her first four recordings. Susan is also the co-host of "Kids Play Radio," a weekly broadcast on Chicago's WLUW 88.7 FM, and her music can be heard on in-flight kids' programming on TED Airlines, XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. Susan's concert venues include schools, libraries, colleges, theatres, children's museums, music festivals and bookstores throughout the country. On the educational front, her music workshops, Sure-Fire Hits for Preschool Teachers, Sure-Fire Hits 2: Just the Songs, and Come and Make a Circle, have received rave reviews at professional teaching conferences nationwide. She has presented multiple times for the national NAEYC conference which draws 25,000 early childhood educators annually. Susan has served as an "Artist in Residence" for the Rockford Public Schools' Early Childhood Program and for the Waukegan Public Schools teaching music classes and training teachers. Susan and husband Jay Rehak collaborated on a children's show, Noah's Ark: The Musical, which has been produced in both Chicago and Michigan. All of Susan's recordings are available online. She is currently at work on a new recording for children and their families tentatively titled In the Key of ABC and the 3rd installment of the "Come and Make a Circle" series.