Suzanne Roy taught studio voice as well as undergraduate and graduate vocal literature courses until her retirement in December 2004. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to her appointment to the Penn State faculty in 1978, Roy served on the faculties of Radford University and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In the Oshkosh position, she also served as director of both the Study Abroad in France program and the Chamber Arts Series.
Roy has sung opera and oratorio roles throughout the United States and France, working with conductors Josef Blatt, Boris Goldovsky, Gustav Meier, Robert Fountain and others. Her extensive recital career includes an emphasis on the French vocal repertoire and twentieth-century vocal music. As a researcher and author, she has received grants from numerous organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities for her research on the relationship of words and music. She received a Wingspread grant for her creative work in developing music in general studies courses.
Roy serves as a regular reviewer of song-related books and electronic media for the American Library Association. She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and National Pastoral Musicians. She has also held administrative posts in the College Music Society.