SUSAN EISCHEID currently holds the positions of principal oboe with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Music at Valdosta State University. Eischeid played for several years with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra and has also performed with the Richmond Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. Eischeid’s major teachers include Robert Bloom, James Gorton, and Sara Lambert Bloom. She was the recipient of the 2017 VSU Presidential Excellence award. Eischeid premiered Oboe Concerto No. 2 by Hungarian composer Frigyes Hida and has commercially released an album of Holocaust music. Eischeid is also a published author, has presented lectures and recitals in dozens of cities in the United States and in Europe, and has received multiple grants. Most recently, she was featured in performances in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland and, as part of the Old First Concerts Artist’s Series in San Francisco, CA, premiered a new work for oboe, piano, and men’s voices by noted German composer Stefan Heucke under the auspices of The Pink Triangle Project. In the summer of 2016, her book on the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz-Birkenau was published by Palgrave-Macmillan.
Susan Eischeid will be on leave during the Festival's 2020 season.