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Suzanne J. Beicken, musicologist and concert manager

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Friday, March 18, 2011; 9:20 PM

Suzanne J. Beicken, 66, a musicologist who was a lecturer, music administrator and concert manager at the University of Maryland's School of Music, and who helped found the Maryland Boy Choir, died Feb. 13 at Hillhaven Nursing Center in Adelphi. She had colon cancer.

Dr. Beicken, who lived in University Park, arrived at U-Md. in 1980 and taught courses on 18th-century music, Mozart, women in music and arts management. In 1991, she helped establish the School of Music's board of visitors and was active in fundraising, development and event planning for the school.

She managed many concerts and other events for the School of Music, including campus residencies for acclaimed artists. She served as the music school's liaison to university leaders and worked with embassies to bring international performers to the university.

In 2001, Dr. Beicken published her translation, with commentary, of Johann Adam Hiller's "Treatise on Vocal Performance and Ornamentation" from 1780.

In 1983, she was a co-founder of the Maryland Boy Choir, which has won top honors at music festivals throughout the country. The group was part of a choral ensemble that won a Grammy Award in 2000 for a recording of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem."

Suzanne Julia Bartel was born in New York City and was a graduate of Columbia University. She studied musicology at the University of Munich in Germany from 1966 to 1968. She received a master's degree in 1969 and a doctorate in 1980, both in musicology from Stanford University.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Peter U. Beicken of University Park; and two children, Sascha P. Beicken of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Julie A. Beicken of Austin.

- Matt Schudel


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