Susie McCollum graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She immediately pursued a master’s degree in bassoon performance at Wichita State University studying with Richard Beene. She began playing bassoon with the Fort Collins Symphony in 1988. In 2005, Susie fell in love with the contrabassoon and now studies privately with Roger Soren, the contrabassoonist at the Colorado Symphony. In addition to performing, Susie teaches K-5 general music at Beattie Elementary in Fort Collins. Susie enjoys walking, birding, and board games.