L. Belfield, Jr.
Roy L. Belfield, Jr., a native of Petersburg, Virginia, began his undergraduate studies in Music at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Masters' degrees in Choral Music Education and Organ Performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has done additional studies in vocal pedagogy and choral conducting at the University of Alabama and Pennsylvania State University. Belfield has studied choral conducting with David Morrow, Rodney Eichenberger, Scott Anderson, and Lynn Drafall. His organ teachers have included Carl G. Harris, Jr., Clarence E. Whiteman, Herman D. Taylor, Joyce F. Johnson, Michael L. Corzine, and John Obetz.
As an educator, Dr. Belfield has taught students from pre-school to college. As a church musician, he has served six denominations throughout the country. As an accompanist, Belfield has collaborated with numerous choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists. Most recently, he accompanied Wake Forest University music faculty member and tenor Richard Heard, as they recorded a CD of art songs and spirituals by Florence B. Price. As composer and arranger, Dr. Belfield has written works for chorus, voice and piano, and organ. His choral and organ works are published by Hal Leonard Corporation, MorningStar Music, GIA Publications, and Wayne Leupold Editions. Dr. Belfield's scholarly articles have been published in The American Organist and The Choral Journal. His primary research includes the choral and organ works of Phillip McIntyre. Dr. Belfield is currently Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Dr. Belfield frequently serves as a choral adjudicator, guest conductor, concert organist, and accompanist across the country. His performances venues have included the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center in New York, Bennett College, Fayetteville State University, Hampton University, Pennsylvania State University, Salem College, Spelman College, Virginia State University, Wake Forest University, and Winston-Salem State University. His European performances as a concert organist and accompanist have taken him to Schorndorf, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic. He continues to accept choral commissions for school and professional chorus and for special church celebrations. In 2006 and 2011, he was commissioned by Pennsylvania State University to compose works for Essence of Joy, a choral ensemble that promotes the African-American choral tradition. Dr. Belfield holds memberships with the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
music by Roy L. Belfield, Jr.