Susan Day received her M.A degree in Music Education from Columbia University, New York, and her B.S. degree in Music Education from Ithaca College. She has taught strings at all grade levels in Colorado for over 35 years, most recently as a string specialist with the Douglas County Schools in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. 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 written more than 75 original, published, educational string works and several commissions. Her music is performed internationally and throughout the U.S. including 13 performances at the Midwest Clinic.  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 recently presented sessions in Colorado, Arizona, Florida, and the 2018 ASTA National Convention 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 ASCAP Plus 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.

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