Susan Day holds music degrees from Ithaca College and Columbia University, New York. She has taught strings at all grade levels in Colorado for over 30 years and is currently a string specialist with the Douglas County Schools. Her award-winning groups were chosen to perform seven times at state and national conventions. In 2000, she received the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” Award from the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) of Colorado. Besides teaching, she is a composer, arranger, clinician, guest conductor, and violinist with the Arapahoe Philharmonic. Ms. Day has more than 70 original, educational string works published. She was the winner of the 1997 ASTA Composition Contest for her string bass duet, titled “Bass-ic Blues for Two” recorded by master bassist, Gary Karr.
Ms. Day was the two time winner (2006, “Tango d’Amour” and 2011 “Tango Mysterioso") of the Texas Orchestra Directors’ Association (TODA) Composition Contest and the 2008 winner of the ASTA sponsored Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest (“Shores of Ireland”). She was Composer-in-Residence at the 2015 Ohio State University Summer String Teachers Workshop, and has presented sessions in Colorado, Arizona, Florida and the 2018 ASTA in Atlanta. She was the 2017 LISFA (Long Island String Festival Association) guest conductor/composer. Among her many awards, she received the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) 25 Year Service Award, 6 Board of Education Awards, several ASCAPLUS Awards, and the 2016 Lifetime Service Award from ASTA of Colorado. In 2008 Ms. Day was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame. She is a member of CMEA, ASTA, NAfME, and ASCAP.