Dr. Susan Mayo has been part of the musical landscape of Kansas for over 30 years. Active not only in the classical world, playing with the Wichita Symphony, she also performs in a variety of unique groups. She can be seen with the WC Quartet, one of the only improvising string quartets in town, Poke Salad Orchestra, a string trio firmly rooted in American traditions of old-time, country and early popular music, and the 21 Century Projects collective, a creative collaborative of musicians, visual artists, and dancers.

Also interested in composing, she has collaborated on a variety of projects writing works for the WC String Quartet. She pursued her undergraduate degree at the University of the Pacific (BM: Cello Performance) as well as doing graduate work at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Wichita State University (BME in Special Music Education) and the University of Kansas (DMA in Cello Performance).

Mayo is currently on the faculty of Friends University in Wichita, KS and is music director for both Symphony in the Flint Hills fall event Woodfest, and the Wichita Pop-Up Concert series VIBRANTICT. She is passionate about putting interesting music in interesting places.