Band Director and Music Teacher
Early in her career, Susan Fritts taught 7th through 12th grade Instrumental Music at various high schools in Melbourne, Australia. In the evenings, she free-lanced with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Upon returning to the U.S., Susan was the Principal/Solo Horn with the US Army Field Band in Washington, D.C., served as a brass clinician to bands across the country and also performed with the US Army Jazz Ambassadors. Susan later lived in Germany, experiencing the Wall coming down, teaching Band at DoDDS Giessen American High School and performing in Hunting-Horn groups and professional German orchestras, including Landestheater Detmold, Kassel State Theater Orchestra and Bayreuth Wagner Festival. Performing Wagner’s “Ring” has been one of her most thrilling musical performance experiences.
In the U.S., Susan has been the Band Director in schools in Montana and Brass Coach and Brass Teacher for bands and orchestras in Virginia, Florida, Colorado, Kansas and Maryland. Susan’s academic teaching posts have included positions teaching Horn at universities in Montana, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and most recently Virginia.
As a professional orchestral performer in the U.S., Susan has been a member of the Kansas City Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Bellingham Music Festival, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival.
Susan loves working with young musicians and has coached the Brass and Woodwind sections of the Youth Orchestras of Albuquerque, Melbourne, Missoula, Jacksonville, Charlottesville and Denver. She currently coaches the AYS Brass Quintet.
Susan earned her B.A. in Music Education from St. Olaf College, her M.M. in Horn Performance from Northwestern University and studied privately with Gerd Seifert of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Alpha Chapter. In 1991, she was awarded the Wagner Bayreuth Stipendium to attend performances, tours and lectures at the Bayreuther Festspiel.
Susan is delighted to be back in Albuquerque and particularly excited about sharing her love of music with the instrumental music students at Menaul School. She joined Menaul in 2014.
B.A. in Music Education, St. Olaf College
M.M. in Horn Performance, Northwestern University