Susan received both her Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, and Doctoral Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
A few of her most significant teachers/mentors from over the years are instructors with whom she studied with at the University of Texas, such as Ernst Haefliger, Erik Werbe, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.
Susan has had voice performances throughout the U.S. and Europe of art song and 20th century music. She recently recorded for CD release, "The Bride's Complaint" written for her voice and computer-generated electronics by Howard Sandroff.
She has premiered and performed works of other composers in Chicago, including Robert Lombardo, William Karlins, Stephen Ferre and Lawrence Axelrod, and has performed on concert series such as Mostly Music, Preston-Bradley Hall, Northwestern University, DePaul University and the University of Chicago.
Susan has performed with chamber music ensembles including the New Art Ensemble, CUBE and American Women Composers Midwest.
She is also a former faculty member, University of Texas, Baylor University and Northwestern University's National High School Music Institute.