School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Susan Fritts earned her Master’s Degree in Horn Performance while studying with Dick Oldberg at Northwestern University. Her Bachelor’s Degree was awarded from St. Olaf College in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education. Ms. Fritts studied the Horn privately with Gerd Seifert while she lived in Germany.
Prior to teaching at UNC, Susan’s academic experience included faculty positions teaching the Horn at the University of Virginia, the University of New Mexico, the University of Montana, Montana State University, University of North Florida, and Metro State College of Denver.
Ms. Fritts’ orchestral playing has taken her around the globe to include positions in Australia, Italy, Germany, and the USA. She was a member of Landestheater Detmold, Europe’s largest touring opera orchestra and she also performed with Staatstheater Kassel, Philharmonia Hungarica, Guerzenich Köln Opera Orchestra, Frankfurt Opera, and the Nuremberg Philharmonie. Playing Wagner’s “Ring” remains a high point in her career. She served as an extra in the Bayreuth Wagner Festspiel Orchestra, and she also performed with several Hunting-Horn Groups. In the USA, Susan has also held contracts with the New Mexico Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Jacksonville (FL) Symphony, and summer festivals such as the Colorado Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Eastern Music Festival, Bellingham Music Festival, and the Staunton Music Festival on Period Instruments.
Ms. Fritts served as the Principal Horn in the United States Army Field Band, performing as soloist and clinician with the band across the USA. She was a founding member of the USAFB Brass Quintet. In the Pops world, Susan has worked with performers including the Moody Blues, Garrison Keillor, Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinson, and Mannheim Steamroller. Currently, she is the Associate Principal Horn in the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of Boulder-based Alpine Brass Quintet, and a free-lancer in the Denver area.
Ms. Fritts is eager to share her knowledge with her students at UNC!