Susan Davies is a Boston-based soprano and educator. A versatile artist comfortable performing opera, operetta, art song, choral works, and musical theater, Susan strives to empower others through her diverse range of singing and teaching.
As a teacher, Susan is passionate about combining science and somatic learning to create a safe, supportive, challenging, and kindly critical environment for singers to experiment with their voices and uncover unknown potential. She teaches private voice lessons at Tufts University and Watertown Children's Theatre; runs her own music studio for children, adolescents, and adults; leads group voice classes for adults through Tufts Community Music and Watertown Children's Theatre; and presents workshops to choruses on a variety of topics related to singing. Students have described her teaching as “focused and flexible” and praise her often unconventional methods to help each student build a functional technique that aligns with their musical goals. She is passionate about helping students reframe self-judgmental thoughts into positive, constructive patterns that facilitate lifelong learning.
Susan's flexibility as a performer has given her the opportunity to maintain an active career performing in numerous styles and contexts. As an opera and operetta singer, this has included preparing the role of Monica in Menotti's opera The Medium, covering the role of Cecilio in Mozart's opera Lucio Silla, performing as Lady Ella in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, and singing Soldier 1 in Larsen's Stone Soup. As a recitalist and art song specialist, she has recently presented recitals, including Excursions in Daydreaming, featuring music by Mozart, Strauss, Debussy, Massenet, Weill, and Cipullo; LOVE: Made in America, featuring a diverse array of music from across many genres; and Nevertheless, She Persisted, an homage to the resilience, perseverance, and humor of women throughout history, including works by Laitman, Larsen, Obradors, Porter, Poulenc, Previn, and Strauss. As a choral singer and soloist, she has appeared frequently with Westford Chorus, most recently performing Handel's Gloria, HWV deest.
Susan has studied in the United States with Carol Mastrodomenico, Sara Bielanski, and Dawn Pierce. While working as an early childhood music teacher in Vienna, Austria, she studied with Jennifer Davison. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College and her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Susan values the voice as a living, breathing instrument capable of fostering authentic connection, creating lasting empowerment, and spreading deep and lasting joy.