Susan Eischeid currently holds the position of Principal Oboe with the Valdosta Symphony and serves as Professor of Music at Valdosta State University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music degree from the Philadelphia University of the Arts. Dr. Eischeid played for several years with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the Richmond Symphony, the West Virginia Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra. Dr. Eischeid has been a member of the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra since 1987 and serves on the oboe faculty of the summer Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. Her major teachers include Robert Bloom, James Gorton, and Sara Lambert Bloom. In 2004 she was awarded the Excellence in Professional Activity Award from the College of the Arts at VSU. Dr. Eischeid was also featured as soloist in the world premiere of the second oboe concerto by noted Hungarian composer Frigyes Hidas in 2000 and in 2001 commercially released her first compact disc on the ACA Digital label. In 2006 she was featured as oboe soloist with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Bellini Concerto. Dr. Eischeid is also a published author, currently writing a book about musical activities in Europe during the second World War. As an outgrowth of this research, she has presented lectures and recitals in over twenty cities in the United States and in Europe and has received multiple grants. Most recently, in 2005 and 2006, she was featured in performances in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland. In March of 2010, as part of the Old First Concerts Artist’s Series in San Francisco, CA, she premiered a new work for oboe, piano and men’s voices by noted German composer Stefan Heucke.