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Susan Kirchhausen grew up in Baltimore, MD and began studying piano and violin as a youngster, making the switch to viola in the 7th grade. A veteran of All-Eastern, State, County and regional youth orchestras, Susan studied with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and spent summers at various music festivals including Brevard Music Center, Grand Teton, and the Eastern Music Festival. A graduate of Florida State University (Music Performance - Viola), she went on to earn her Master's in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Susan has been a private music teacher in Central Massachusetts since 1996. Operating out of her Worcester studio, Susan's students span the region from as far as Acton, Auburn, Barre, Groton, Holden, Hopkinton, Petersham, Shrewsbury and Sterling, and encompass grade school children to adults. While her primary focus is the interconnection of one-on-one lessons, she also has extensive chamber music coaching experience and has conducted adult and youth orchestras. In addition to her busy teaching schedule, Susan maintains an active performance schedule as a freelance violist throughout New England and beyond.
A versatile musician, Susan enjoys performing and teaching many genres of music. Before making her home in Worcester, Susan made her way up the East Coast playing with the Disney All-American College Orchestra and the Tallahassee, Greensboro, and Savannah Symphony Orchestras. She has particularly enjoyed working with such artists as Sarah Chang, Jian Wang, Ray Charles, The Moody Blues, Dave Brubeck, Rosemary Clooney, Matt Catingub, and Mariachi Cobre.