Dr. Susan Savage Day
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Dr. Susan Savage Day
- Vocal Area Coordinator
- Associate Professor
Degrees and Schools
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
- Master of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Applied Voice
- Bodywork for Musicians
- Musical Theatre, Musical Director
- Concert Choir
- Vocal Pedagogy
Susan Savage Day joined the music faculty at University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2002. As Vocal Area Coordinator, she teaches Applied voice, vocal pedagogy, bodywork for musicians, concert choir, music appreciation and is the Musical Director for UW-Platteville’s Musical Theater program. Dr. Savage Day has collaborated on several productions including: an original historical musical revue for UW-Platteville called Another Opening, Another Show, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, Godspell, Company and The Drowsy Chaperone.
An active soloist and recitalist, Dr. Savage Day performs regularly in the Midwest. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, she has won awards in National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Regional winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artists Award (NATSAA). Susan has performed with the Rountree Ensemble on Wisconsin Public Radio, Live at the Chazen and with Isthmus Brass, and The Oakwood Recital Series. She is a founding member of Kassia: Women in Song, the professional vocal ensemble that provides thought-provoking programs designed to entertain and educate by performing lesser known works, especially those highlighting the talents of women in the arts. Past programs have included: Madwomen in Opera (Savage Day directed and performed Argento’s monodrama, Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night), An Evening with Emily Dickinson, Women’s Music/Women’s Words, and a series of Kassia & Friends, which showcase chamber works for soprano and instruments, allowing her to collaborate with her instrumental colleagues. Susan has performed with Madison Opera, Opera for the Young, and the National Opera Company. Dr. Savage Day’s favorite roles include: Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Gretel in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Hanna in Léhar’s The Merry Widow, Baby Doe in Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe.
In 2013-2015, Susan portrayed various musical theatre roles as a member of the Heartland Festival, including Miss Andrews and the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins, Sister Mary Regina in Nunsense, Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof and Humpty Dumpty, as well as other roles in Shrek: The Musical.
Dr. Savage Day has training in body-awareness techniques such as Massage Therapy, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Somatic Emotional Release, and Reiki. Certified in Reiki, Susan has been a teaching assistant for the Upledger Institute, assisting with Craniosacral Therapy I, Craniosacral Therapy II and Somato Emotional Release I classes. Utilizing her bodywork training, Dr. Savage Day created the innovative class Bodyworks for Musicians for UW-Platteville in fall 2004. A student of Dr. Thomas Houser, she combines a solid pedagogical knowledge with a variety of bodywork modalities. Dr. Savage Day incorporates laughter and movement into her holistic approach to voice studio. She is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singers.