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Susan with Orchestra
Photo: Windsor Star
PDFApplause For Haig’s Musical Leadership, The Tampa Tribune


Susan Haig wrapped a sensuous blanket of French music around this newborn concerto...with incandescent performances of Lalo’s Le roi d’ys Overture and Debussy’s La Mer on either side...
—Tampa Tribune

Haig...makes a strong statement through her outgoing style, precise baton technique and ability to motivate musicians.
—Tampa Tribune

The highlight was a riveting performance of Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite...The Orchestra played as if on steroids...
—Tampa Tribune

It’s easy to forget how great such pieces are until you hear a new and committed performance and it all seems fresh again. Both Dvorak and Tchaikovsky benefited from such a performance Saturday with Associate Conductor Susan Haig leading...
—St. Petersburg Times

For pure sonic pleasure, it would be tough to top this weekend’s Florida Orchestra program. Associate conductor Susan Haig inherited the program from Jahja Ling and led an outstanding concert Sunday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall....the performance was sumptuous.
—St. Petersburg Times

Conductor Susan Haig’s tempos were consistently right, with a dynamic ebb and flow that framed the scenes and the singers. (Le Nozze di Figaro)
—Wisconsin State Journal

There’s much to admire about the masterworks program by the Florida Orchestra, including the typically precise musicianship and entertaining conducting of Susan Haig. Haig was as visually intriguing as any conductor working.
—St. Petersburg Times

Haig argued persuasively on behalf of the work with springy rhythms, taut pacing and a sense of fresh discovery of its melodic riches. (Luisa Miller)
—Toronto Globe and Mail

Haig is energetic, enormously musical and a superb communicator. Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony rushed off the stage into the heart and ear with vitality.
—Hamilton Spectator

Haig, who has an innate feeling for the give and take of the music’s tempi, rhythm and drama, proves again a keen and valuable conductor in this repertoire. (Verdi’s Ernani)
—Globe and Mail, Toronto

Haig presented Luisa Miller as a cogent and potent creation.
—Globe and Mail, Toronto

Community Engagement...

But it is her grass-roots approach to classical music that has earned her a permanent place in Tampa’s cultural heart
—Tampa Tribune Editorial

She did for the orchestra what Andrea Bocelli has done for Italian opera—she made the music popular and made regular folk like me really sit up and take notice.
—Minister of Provincial Parliament, Ontario, quoted in The Windsor Star

Her skills with people made her a leader on and off the podium.
—Board President, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, quoted in The Tampa Tribune

Susan Haig came to Windsor charged with a difficult task: elevating the artistic integrity of the Windsor Symphony and dealing with serious financial difficulties. Haig has more than accomplished her goal.
—Windsor Star Editorial

Leonard Stone, the orchestra’s executive director, says Haig’s desire to share the orchestra with everyone is infectious.
—The Tampa Tribune

She’s very tough intellectually, but never boring or pedantic.
—CBC Radio, quoted in the Windsor Star

Susan Haig adopted this community as her own. She became involved in arts organizations, several volunteer groups, a local service club and was one of this area’s most sought-after speakers. She was everywhere!
—WSO Board President, Letter to the Editor, The Windsor Star

Haig has proved to be a personable presence on the podium, an intrepid guide to unfamiliar music and a deft pianist.
—St. Petersburg Times


Your love for music is easily seen through the way you communicate. My students felt an instant connection with you and thus with the orchestra...they can’t wait to go again!
—President Elect, Tampa Elementary Music Educators Council

Tampa audiences will miss her easy style, her ability to demystify an art form and her ability to make us feel music in wonderful new ways. A tip of the baton to you, Susan Haig, for having given this community so many joyful experiences and making us treasure our orchestra all the more.
—Tampa Tribune Editorial

She has the ability to paint pictures with her words so that my students knew exactly what to listen for in the music...an awesome musical experience!
—Music Educator, Tampa

First, she is a gifted educator: She has an extraordinary ability to make learning a pleasure.
—Former Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Windsor, quoted in the Windsor Star
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