Susan Hayes is a sought after performer, teacher, orchestral and chamber musician. A native of Alexandria, VA, She made her recital debut at the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago in 1990, a performance broadcast live on WFMT radio and syndicated nationally. Since then she has been engaged as a solo performer, giving recitals in venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Phillips Gallery, The Gallery at the Ellipse, The Fairfax Towne Hall, The Strathmore Arts Center, The Lyceum, The Martin Luther King Memorial Library, and many other Washington, DC performance spaces. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio through "Performance Today." She performs chamber music with the Eco Voce Ensemble, and is an active freelance artist
In addition to her work as a soloist, Dr. Hayes has held flute positions with several orchestras, including The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, The Annapolis Symphony, The Prince Georges Philharmonic, The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and The Washington Symphony. She performs currently with The Alexandria Symphony, The Rappahannock POPS Orchestra, the Avanti Orchestra, The Capital Wind Symphony, and The Landon Symphonette. She has been presented as soloist with The National Symphony Orchestra, The Alexandria Symphony, The Capital Chamber Orchestra, The Rappahannock POPS Orchestra, and the Avanti Orchestra. She has collaborated with some of the foremost musicians of the day, including Georg Solti, Daniel Barrenboim, Leonard Slatin, Michael Morgan, and Robert Shaw.
Dr. Hayes holds several degrees in music, including a Bachelor's Degree from Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, Master's Degree from Northwestern University, and Doctorate Degree from University of Maryland. Her principal teachers include Dr. William Montgomery, Mark Sparks, Emily Countroulis, Walfrid Kujala, and Timothy Day. She has studied in masterclass with James Galway, William Bennett, and Trevor Wye. She spent two summers at the Aspen Music Festival, where she played assistant principal flute to her teachers, Albert Tipton and Nadine Asin, in the Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphonies. A sought after teacher, Dr. Hayes has taught undergraduate students at both Northwestern University and University of Maryland, in addition to her private studio. Her students have been accepted at Music Conservatories around the world, including the Royal College Conservatory, London, Oberlin Conservatory, McGill University, Peabody Conservatory, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.