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Gary Belshaw Biography

The music of our Composer-in-Residence, Gary D. Belshaw, 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. He has recently completed a concert arrangement of the Wayland Baptist University Alma Mater, premiered by the Wayland Baptist University International Choir Thursday, October 24. That same night, Hardin-Simmons University opened its production of his one-act comic opera, The Worst One Ever, The opera has now been staged half a dozen times since its 2010 premiere with productions in Alabama, two in Georgia, and in Washington State.


Last year, the Plainview Symphony premiered June 14, 1940, and Toccata for Orchestra (Black Friday). The orchestra premiered his Essay for Orchestra in September, 2010.


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.


Don Lucas performed Wind Sculptures for Trombone and Band with the U. S. Naval Academy Band, as well as twice in Texas. The U. S. Naval Academy Band also premiered and recorded Oldest and Finest concert march. Dr. Belshaw conducted Oofdah Fanfare in Austria and premiered Spirit of the Llano Estacado, a Concerto in One Movement for Piano and Orchestra, with the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra; excerpts of the work were also performed by Dr. Belshaw with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.


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 Spotify.


Dr. Belshaw and his lovely bride, Renée, have been blessed with three beautiful children and five fabulous grandchildren. Dr. Belshaw continues in his 14th year on the faculty of the Wayland Baptist University School of Music.