Susan Eischeid currently holds the positions of Principal Oboe with the Valdosta Symphony, oboist with the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, and Professor of Music at Valdosta State University. Dr. Eischeid has performed widely, both in North America and in Europe, and played for several years with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. She received her doctorate in oboe performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music degree from the Philadelphia University of the Arts. Her major teachers include Robert Bloom, Sara Lambert Bloom, and James Gorton. Dr. Eischeid also serves on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina and has appeared with the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Eastern Chamber Players.
Concurrent with her oboe activities, Dr. Eischeid has pursued an active interest in promoting the fight against racism through the medium of music. In 1987 she began presenting recitals of Holocaust music and completed her doctoral dissertation on the same subject in 1992. She has received many grants supporting her work including awards from the Hilb and Littauer Foundations and various internal grants from Valdosta State University. In 2005 she was named recipient of the Christopher Browning Fellowship by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Annually since 2002 she has continued her research in multiple archives in Poland, Germany, Austria, Israel, the United States, England and the Czech Republic. To date she has interviewed over 65 survivors of the Holocaust and recorded their stories.
Dr. Eischeid has presented multiple lecture/recitals of Holocaust Music in cities across the United States and in Europe. She co-authored the liner notes for a CD of Holocaust string music released by the Colorado Chamber Players in July of 1997 (Uplifting Discoveries of a Generation Lost, CENTAUR #CRC 2342) and has published an article about Holocaust survivor and Berlin Kulturbund Orchestra oboist Kurt Michaelis, whose oboe is on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Eischeid's first compact disc (CD) of Holocaust music, Mystic Chords of Genocide, was released by the ACA Digital label in May of 2001. In April of 2004 Dr. Eischeid was the featured speaker and performer at a Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day sponsored by the Holocaust Center of Northern California in San Francisco. In May of 2005 Dr. Eischeid participated in a series of European events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. These culminated with a performance of Holocaust works in Passau, Germany, attended by many U.S. veterans who liberated the camps of that region in 1945. In May of 2006 Dr. Eischeid was featured in a Music of the Holocaust lecture/recital tour of the Czech Republic, appearing in the cities of Prague, Olomouc, and Brno. In May of 2007 Dr. Eischeid participated in a two week Holocaust Education Seminar held at Northwestern University sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation. Dr. Eischeid is currently writing a book about SS Aufseherin Maria Mandl, who formed and supported the women's orchestra at Auschwitz/Birkenau. She is also in collaboration with German composer Stefan Heucke to produce and premiere a new work commemorating the Pink Triangle victims of the Holocaust in San Francisco in 2010.