Hurley's music has been called outstanding, vibrant, magical and otherworldly. She has been commissioned and performed by such groups as the Sage City Symphony, the New Calliope Singers, New Music Chicago, Panopticon, Craftsbury Chamber Players, Vox Novus' 60x60 and the Buffalo New Music Ensemble and by numerous artists and university ensembles. Her music is published by Ludwig Music and by MearaSound. Her song cycle Wind River Songs has been released by Capstone Records and the choral work Vermont Poems on the Finnadar label. MearaSound has released an ambient CD entitled SOFT SOUNDS of her improvisations on clavichord.
An eclectic composer who works in many genres, she has scored films and other projects including WHISKEY RIDDLES, SOAPY SOAPY SAMBA, HERE DIES ANOTHER DAY starring John Randolph, THE ORGAN GRINDER starring Tom Jane, THE LAST STAND, narrated by Ed Asner, Monette’s Yoga DVD (www.terra-ent.com), Patricia Vazquez’ MindRest Meditations (www.mindrest.com) and the audio book of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND narrated by Harry Shearer with Vinessa Shaw, Michael York, Malcolm McDowell, Elliott Gould, et al. (www.kcrw.org/alice) As well as incidental music for theater, including original songs and underscore for THE TEMPEST, TROJAN WOMEN and OEDIPUS, her theatrical work includes the one-act chamber opera ANAÏS, about the life of writer Anaïs Nin that was presented in New York by the Center for Contemporary Opera.
Originally from New England, Susan Hurley holds a master’s degree from
the Eastman School of Music and a doctoral degree from Indiana
University’s School of Music in music composition. Her broad
background includes classes with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau,
piano with Estella Olevsky, oboe with Ralph Gomberg, voice with Paul
Derenne and composition with Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Frederic Fox,
Charles Fussell and Lewis Spratlan. She has been composer in residence
at Lawrence University, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and she has
taught composition at Indiana University and the Interlochen Center for
the Arts in Michigan. Dr. Hurley currently composes and maintains a
private teaching studio in Los Angeles.
See: International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, Books in Music, Inc. (1987); Who's Who in American Education (1993)