I like to give my students positive reinforcement, but I also want to inspire them to practice. I’d like them to come away with the ability to play the double bass in a healthy manner—both physically and mentally.
Susan Hagen joined the Conservatory in 2012 and is an assistant professor specializing in bass performance.
For the past 10 seasons, Hagen has performed as an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing with the Boston Pops/Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Classical Orchestra, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others. In June of 2015, she was a guest soloist at the International Society of Bassists Convention in Fort Collins, Colorado. Recently, Hagen was a soloist with the Harvard Summer School Orchestra, Boston Conservatory String Ensemble, the Warren Philharmonic (Ohio), and the Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra. She regularly performs chamber works with Winsor Music, Radius Ensemble, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, and Mistral Music, and as a founding member of Trio-Nordica. Hagen is on the faculty at Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music and is a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard University.
A Boston native, Hagen received both her B.M. and M.M. in double bass performance from Boston University, graduating with honors as a student of Edwin Barker. She was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1998 and again by invitation in 1999.