Susan Hagen

Susan Hagen Headshot

General Info


Assistant Professor of Double Bass

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 of double bass.

For the past ten seasons, Hagen has spent most of her time performing as an extra player with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and appears on many of their most recent recordings. She also performs regularly with the Boston Pops Orchestra as well as with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, having moved to the principal double bass position of the latter in 2017, the first female ever to do so. Additionally, Hagen performs with the Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society (formerly Boston Classical Orchestra) as well as the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra, and many other groups throughout the area. She was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1998 and again by invitation in 1999.

In addition to the Conservatory, Hagen is on faculty at Berklee College of Music, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard University. She frequently performs chamber music with Radius Ensemble, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Winsor Music, Mistral Music, and Trio Nordica, of which she is a founding member.

In recent seasons, Hagen has been a soloist with the Harvard Summer School Orchestra, Boston Conservatory String Ensemble, the Warren (Ohio) Philharmonic, the Waltham (Massachusetts) Philharmonic, and the Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra. She has given several solo recitals which have included premieres of new music for solo double bass, including the United States Premiere of "Seven Last Words from the Cross" by British composer David Heyes.