ISB 2023 Convention Presenter — Susan Hagen

You may click on the photo for a higher resolution version of the photo. Click here to return to the list of Convention Presenters.

Name: Susan Hagen
Presentation Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023 1:30 PM
Presentation Venue: Watkins Hall
Presentation Title: For ME? BASSically Beautiful Music written by people from around the World
Presented / Performed Previous ISB Convention? Yes
Type of Presentation: Recital
Genre: Adult Learners, Professional-in-Training, Young Learners, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility (IDEA), Classical - unaccompanied, New Music

Susan is an extra with the Boston Symphony Orchestra & the Boston Pops and is on many BSO and Pops recordings. She recently became the principal of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the first female ever to do so, and has been a soloist with them. Susan is also on faculty at Berklee College of Music. 

Susan performed at the ISB Convention in 2015 with electric bassist Steve Bailey & alone at the ISB 2021 & 2022 virtual Conventions. She is on Steve Bailey's latest album “Carolina” and on Victor Wooten & Steve Bailey’s latest album “S’low Down.”

Since March 2020, Susan has recorded over 95 pieces written after 2010 - over 50 were premieres. She gave 9 recitals with her father, a guitarist/electric bassist, creating their own arrangements. All money raised at these concerts was donated to charity.

Susan recently published a book of Warm Ups - “BASSics of Bass” - which can be purchased through her website or at

She has been a soloist with many orchestras and, in November of 2022, will give the US premiere of Simón García’s Concerto for Amplified Double Bass & Strings with the Plymouth Philharmonic and again with the Northshore Philharmonic in April 2023.

Program (if available): View