Susan de Weger is an internationally renowned change agent in music education. A vocal and passionate advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation, she is an excellent example of the transferability of music education to success across industries. Her leadership skills have created and transformed businesses and social ventures across the world.
A conservatory trained Horn player, Susan pursued a career as a Producer with the Global Rock Challenge in Australia and the UK before establishing one of Europe’s leading PeopleSoft consulting practices. With an IT specialist partner, she directed business expansion to employ 30 staff in the UK and France. The sale of the consulting practice and a return to Australia meant a return to music, and a journey to reclaim a broken and abandoned musical identity.
Embarking on a Masters of Music in Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as a mature age student sparked Susan’s passion and talent to reframe music education for the 21C. She was awarded the Hugh Rogers Fellowship which supported a research project with the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department, New England Conservatory in Boston and the establishment of Notable Values.
She is in demand as a guest speaker and has been featured at the College Music Society of America Summit on 21C Music School Design, Melbourne Youth Music, Association of Directors of Music in Independent Schools, Victorian Instrumental Music Teachers Conference and the 2017 ASME XXI National Conference. Mid 2016 she participated in The Savvy Musician in Action at the University of South Carolina and led a team to develop her business concept to win the SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge.
Susan is currently the Associate Lecturer in Music Entrepreneurship at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and directs IgniteLab, a program she created and launched in 2016. She consults privately to a range of clients including the Australian National Academy of Music, Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Recital Centre and the Arts Wellbeing Collective. She maintains a busy performance career which includes freelance engagements and Cantecor Trio, with Soprano Emily Bibby and Pianist Cheryl Long.
Listen to Susan share her story with Andrew Hitz on The Entrepreneurial Musician podcast.
When not inspiring musicians to thrive on and beyond the stage, she raises beef cattle. Yes. Really