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Susan Cahill

Cahill bio

Double Bass

Colorado Symphony; University of Denver; University of Colorado

Bassist, composer, and educator Susan Cahill has been a member of theColorado Symphony Orchestra since 1997. A versatile performer, Susan has appeared as soloist with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, The Colorado Symphony, The Louisiana Philharmonic and on the Englewood Arts Series, among others. The Colorado Springs Gazette praised the 2010 performance of the the Bottesini Concerto as “A showcase for the amazing Susan Cahill, (she) made the double bass sing...with a marvelously disembodied, woody timbre.” The Gazette called her 2008 performance of Jacob Druckman's Valentine "Breathless." Her recordings of solo and chamber music performances have been featured on Colorado Public Radio.

As an Orchestral and Chamber musician Susan has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Strings in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, The Grand Tetons Music Festival, The Utah Symphony, The Colorado Chamber Players, the Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Peter Britt Festival, The Colorado College summer Music Festival, as well as the Front Range Chamber Players. In 1994 she performed with the Carnegie Hall Orchestral Project under Chicago Symphony Music Director Sir George Solti. An active educator and clinician, Susan joined the faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music in 2009, where she hosted the school’s first ever “Bassfest”. 

Previously she taught at the University of Colorado and was on the faculty of Tulane University and Denver’s Metropolitan State College. She has given master classes at the University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado and presentations at the BASS2010 convention in Berlin, Germany and at the International Society of Double Bassists convention in San Francisco in 2011 and Rochester in 2013. Susan has also taught and performed at the Festicamara Medellín, a festival aimed at providing the highest quality musical instruction to the youth of Colombia. As a faculty member of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival she is known for her teaching of the double bass chamber repertoire and for her performances of the bass solo and chamber music literature.

Among the many less traditional classical music activities she enjoys have been playing with the American roots band The Boulder Acoustic Society, where she made her recording debut as a cellist on the band’s album 8th Color. A passionate Tanguera, Susan is also the bassist of the acclaimed Argentinian tango ensemble Extasis, which has performed on three continents.

Susan’s compositions and arrangements have been featured at the Festival Mozaic’s Fringe series; “Classical Musicians doing Unclassical Things” and she also has an active career performing with her sister, singer-songwriter Beth Cahill, and together they have toured the western U.S. and Canada.
Susan is the Co director of Denver Eclectic Concerts, a series dedicated to the fusion of classical chamber traditions with other forms of art music, spoken word and performance. 
A Chicago native, she is a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Bruce Bransby and Lawrence Hurst.

Susan’s bass was made by Guiseppe Santori of Turin in 1823.