Ms. Hughes has held the principal oboe chair with the Idaho State Civic Symphony since 1990. She is a founding member of the City Creek Winds and has been a featured soloist with Idaho State University Wind Ensemble and the Idaho State Civic Symphony. She has also performed with the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra as an oboist and on English Horn. Her chamber music experience includes performances with the Teton Chamber Orchestra, the Snake River Chamber Orchestra and The Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Susan has also played in orchestras supporting many popular artists such as Kurt Bestor and Chris Botti.
She is currently instructor of oboe at Idaho State University and has maintained a presence in the state as a studio teacher and clinician. Her private students have been successful in state and regional festivals, honor groups and competitions. Several of her students are pursuing advanced training in preparation for careers in performance and education.
Susan has participated in Master classes with John Mack, Robert Stephenson, Martin Schuring and Carolyn Hove. In addition to her studies as a performer, Susan has studied Body Mapping with founder Barbara Conable and oboist Dr. Stephen Capland.