Susan C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship

Susan C. Mahla

Susan C. Mahla was born in Tampa, FL. on December 12, 1949. She moved to Jacksonville, FL. from Savannah, GA in 1984 after becoming engaged to marry her loving husband of twenty-five year, Paul.

Susan joined The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in 1999 as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Special Events. She later became the Director of Special Services in 2002, Project Director / Event Management in 2008 and retired in 2010. Susan had a thirty-year career in Hospitality Sales and Marketing with Hyatt, Marriott and Omni Hotels and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

Susan received many awards of recognition during her 31 year career. She also enjoyed many recreational activities such as raising orchids and playing the piano because as she said “it measures beauty”. She also enjoyed shopping and playing golf. Susan and Paul were regular attendees to various events held at Friday Musicale throughout the years.

Out of all the different facets of Susan’s life, practicing her faith and her ongoing relationship with the Lord was a main priority to her. She strived every moment of the day to be a good steward and live her life as Christ has asked each one of us to do.

Susan passed away on October 20, 2011. Her husband, Paul Mahla sat on the Board of Directors with Friday Musicale. Soon after his term, he set up the Susan C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship in memory of his wife.

The Susan C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship is granted to a graduating high school senior from Northeast Florida pursuing a degree in music. (Pianist) This four-year scholarship is awarded to an outstanding pianist once every four years. A panel of highly qualified judges select the piano scholarship recipient. This $10,000 scholarship is paid out over a 4 year period.

History of Scholarship Winners

2019 – Amy Lao, piano, University of Florida
Recipient of the Susan C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship

2013 – Andrew Callahan
, piano, University of Michigan
Recipient of the Susan C. Mahla Instrumental Piano Scholarship