Mrs. Sutyak joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1969 under music director Max Rudolf. Before coming to Cincinnati, she was principal cellist of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, the American Ballet Theatre, Minneapolis Pops and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She spent seven years in the Minneapolis Symphony (now the Minnesota Orchestra) as cellist and pianist.
A native of Liberal, Kansas, Mrs. Sutyak grew up in El Dorado, near Wichita. She was a piano prodigy from age 4 and played concerts in a five-state area until age 14, when she discovered the cello. She graduated in cello and piano from Wichita State University. Following college, she joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she met her husband, Michael Sutyak, a clarinetist.
Gerri Sutyak died of cancer in 2003 at the age of 67.
She appeared on numerous recordings as a guest cellist, often credited as Geri, Gerri, or Gerry Sutyak.