Susan Savage Day

Vocal Area Coordinator

153 Doudna Hall


  • 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

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Applied Voice
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Bodywork for Musicians
  • Music Appreciation


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, and music appreciation. She is a state and national member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) where she attends and judges state voice competitions.

Susan attended Shenandoah Conservatory’s Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute, July 2017, where she completed Level 1 & 2. Led by Dr. Matthew Edwards, this coursework contains the latest vocal pedagogy for musical theatre and contemporary singing. At the completion of this coursework, Dr. Savage Day continued her study by attending the Alexander Technique Workshop at Viterbo University.

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 on Wisconsin Public Radio, Live at the Chazen 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 served as the musical director at UW-Platteville from 2007-2017. During that time, she 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, The Drowsy Chaperone and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Her most recent musical theatre roles include: 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 trained in body-awareness techniques such as Massage Therapy, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, and Somatic Emotional Release and Reiki. Completing Advanced CST training, Susan was a teaching assistant for the Upledger Institute, assisting with Craniosacral Therapy I, Craniosacral Therapy II and Somato Emotional Release I classes. Fall 2018, she earned her Reiki Master certification. Utilizing her bodywork training, Dr. Savage Day created the innovative class Bodyworks for Musicians for UW-Platteville in fall 2004. A student of the late Dr. Thomas Houser, Susan combines her pedagogical knowledge with her bodywork training.