Originally from Minnesota, Susan began her music studies at an early age, playing the piano and flute and then changing to the French horn in high school. She was then accepted to the School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. While at NU, she studied under Gail Williams and Barry Benjamin and received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and Sound Technology.
She then moved to Dallas to attend SMU, where she received her Master's Degree in Horn Performance, under the direction of Gregory Hustis. During college, Susan attended many music festivals including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. Since moving to Texas, Susan has become an active freelance musician in the DFW area.
She holds positions in various regional orchestras, including Principal Horn of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Irving Symphony Orchestra, Associate Principal Horn of the Dallas Wind Symphony and Third Horn of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. She also regularly performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Opera. Susan is also an educator and teaches privately out of her home studio.