Susan Dodes, M.A.
A highly regarded talent and artist development executive, Susan has been a constant presence in the U.S. entertainment business and brings her expertise to the world of experiential university education.
Susan began her career in music in the International Acquisitions department of Chappell Intersong Music Publishers in New York City. Subsequently she was promoted to Director of Talent Acquisition and held that position at Warner-Chappell Music as well as Famous Music Publishing.
She moved to the recording side of the business as Director of A+R for MCA/Universal Records and in 1993 was appointed Vice President of A+R at Sony/Relativity Recordings. Throughout her career she has signed or worked with artists and songwriters as diverse as Level 42, Cinderella, Patty Smyth, REM, U2, The Lightening Seeds, Jill Sobule, and Josh Ritter as well as overseeing a variety of soundtrack and licensing projects. She started her own A+R and production/consulting firm, SuLeDo Music Consulting and handled the producing careers of Luke Ebbin (Bon Jovi) and Kipper (Sting, Chris Botti) amongst others. When time permits she continues to consult on projects across the musical spectrum.
Susan lived in London, England from 2007-2012 where she was appointed Senior Lecturer at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, an associated school of the University of Sussex. She has taught master classes for undergraduate students at The Clive Davis institute at New York University, Syracuse University’s Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment in London and The University of Liverpool. Here at the University of New Haven, Susan is a Lecturer in the Department of Music, teaching courses in Music Business and Music History and is the director of the department’s highly regarded Nashville Semester Study Away Program in partnership with Blackbird Studio.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Her philosophy for teaching and mentoring students with a deep passion for music and the business that propels it is “If you want to be in the music business then BE in the music business…your education, ability to communicate, passion and entrepreneurial spirit will be your launching pad…the rest is up to you.”