Susan began her oboe and musical studies with her father, Ross Mckeich, and gained her Trinity College of London Diploma (oboe).
She continued studying music at Auckland University, playing part time in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and then graduated with a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance. This was followed by further study and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching
from Canterbury University.
Susan then moved overseas to Germany, where she enjoyed performing as a freelance musician in various orchestras and ensembles. Upon returning to New Zealand, she played as principal and associate principal oboe with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, tutored in oboe performance at Canterbury University, and performed and toured with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Susan comes from an artistic family. A highlight was a 2005 orchestra tour of China performing with her conductor brother Hamish McKeich. Another exciting stage event was in 2014, with the CSO and Serj Tankian, performing Orca and Elect the Dead Symphony, also conducted by her brother.
Artists she has performed and recorded with include Split Enz, Hayley Westenra, Golden Horse, The Adults and Anika Moa, among others.
Currently, Susan performs with the CSO, tutors oboe and music theory, directs groups in many Christchurch schools, and maintains a private teaching studio. Her passion is chamber music and teaching students of all ages through their musical journey.