DR. GARY BELSHAW


Dr. Gary BelshawGary D. Belshaw, Ph.D., (B.M., Texas Tech University, 1991; M.M., Texas Tech University, 1994; Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2000), has been serving on the faculty of Wayland Baptist University’s School of Music since September 2000. He teaches Music Composition and Orchestration, and is part of two different Faculty teams, one teaching the Theory/Comp Seminar, and the other teaching Music Technology. He also serves as studio and faculty accompanist.

His extracurricular activities are diverse – everything from providing dinner music at the piano to emceeing the concerts of the Plainview Symphony Orchestra. He serves the community as a past President of the Board of Directors of the Plainview Civic Music Association, which oversees the Plainview Symphony Orchestra, and is the Symphony’s very first Composer-in-Residence.

As a pianist, Dr. Belshaw has accompanied students, faculty, and professional musicians for educational and professional contests, recitals, and concerts. He has performed as both soloist and section pianist with the Texas Tech University and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestras, and as section pianist with the Plainview Symphony Orchestra. Original compositions for piano include Camp Springs and Gratitude.

Dr. Belshaw’s music has been performed in Spain, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, as well as in California, Nevada, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Alabama. His choral song cycle, Dreams and Realities, was premiered by the International Choir and the Wayland Singers, Scott Herrington, conducting, as part of the university’s Centennial Celebration. His Wind Sculptures for Trombone and Band was composed as part of his doctoral dissertation (Ph.D., Texas Tech, 2000), and was premiered by the Texas Tech University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. John Cody Birdwell. Texas Tech University Professor of Trombone Don Lucas was the soloist for the premiere, as well as for performances of Wind Sculptures with the Houston Symphonic Band and with the U. S. Naval Academy Band. Jeff Kensmoe directed the world premiere of Dr. Belshaw’s one-act comic opera, The Worst One Ever, in the spring of 2010 and then again as at Birmingham Southern College in Alabama. Dr. Belshaw travelled with the Wayland Baptist University School of Music to Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria in March of 2011. His latest commissioned work, Oofdah Fanfare, was performed by the WBU Pioneer Band in Vienna. While in Europe, he began composing his Rhapsody for Solo Piano, which was premiered by Richard Fountain in recital on October 25, 2011.

Spirit of the Llano Estacado, a Concerto in One Movement for Piano and Orchestra, was premiered by the composer with the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra; excerpts of the work were performed by Dr. Belshaw with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Belshaw composed his first march, Oldest and Finest, in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the U. S. Naval Academy Band. The ensemble premiered the march during its 150th Anniversary Gala Concert on May 9, 2003. The march is included on a 4 CD set of band music celebrating the USNA Band’s 150th Anniversary.

Dr. Richard Fountain and Dr. Belshaw collaborated on the production of Dr. Fountain’s debut solo CD, American Ivory. Included on the album are six of Dr. Belshaw’s works for solo piano: Nocturne, Passacaglia, Camp Springs, Guide To Holiday Shopping, Gratitude, and Meditation on “Savior, More Than Life to Me.” The album is available on Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, and online at www.garydbelshawmusic.com. More information on all Dr. Belshaw’s compositions is available at that website. He has recently completed a concert arrangement of the Wayland Baptiust University Alma Mater.

Dr. Belshaw and his lovely bride, Renée, have been blessed with three beautiful children and five fabulous grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

COURSES TAUGHT:

 

 

Course

Title

Time

Room

FALL

MUCP 1105-4106

Applied Composition

TBA

HMC 104

MUSI 4216

Orchestration (Hybrid)

W 8:00-8:50

HMC 104

PIAN 1105-4206

Applied Piano

TBA

HMC 129

SPRING

MUCP 1105-4106

Applied Composition

TBA

HMC 104

MUSI 4216

Orchestration

MF 8:00-8:50

HMC 104

MUSI 4310

Theory/Composition Seminar

MW 4:35-5:50
T/Th 1:45-3:00

Muncy 116

PIAN 1105-4206

Applied Piano

TBA

HMC 129

MAY MICRO

MUSI 3302

Music Technology

MTWRF 9:00 - 12:00 pm

HMC 104

 

 

OFFICE HOURS:

Monday

10:00 - 11:00

Tuesday/Thursday

3:00 – 4:30

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday

1:00 – 2:00

Thursday

9:00 – 12:00

Other Times By Appointment


http://www.garydbelshawmusic.com/