Peter Beicken and other family and friends of Suzanne Beicken established the Suzanne Beicken Memorial Music Scholarship in May 2011 to support a student in the School of Music. The scholarship will alternate each year to be awarded to a deserving student in the Maryland Opera Studio one year and to a deserving undergraduate student in music the following year.
Dr. Suzanne Beicken was a beloved lecturer in the University of Maryland School of Music for 32 years until her untimely death in 2011. Suzanne, who as a scholar published her revised Stanford University dissertation with Cambridge University Press in 2001, taught numerous courses, including music history, arts management and Honors seminars on Mozart and women in music. For over 25 years, Dr. Beicken was active in development, fundraising and special event planning. She managed the campus residency of the Guarneri String Quartet and ran the Scholarship Benefit concert series, performing on occasion as pianist, with the annual “Happy Birthday, Mozart” concert as a most popular event. With the late Stanford Berman she helped found the School of Music Board of Visitors. Suzanne was faculty advisor to many arts management interns and as an inspiring, enthusiastic teacher she was appreciated and loved by generations of students. To create a lasting legacy in her name, Dr. Beicken’s husband, Dr. Peter Beicken, and other family and friends established this endowed fund to support an annual merit-based scholarship in the School of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park.