November 7, 2017
Plymouth is honored to present gifted composer, organist and educator Dr. Roy Belfield this Sunday, November 12, at 2 pm in concert on the beautiful Fisk organ. Dr. Belfield will perform music by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Reger, Jehan Alain, Gerald Kemner, Buckner Gamby and his own composition based on African-American spiritual Lord, I Want to Be a Christian. Concert concludes with Widor’s beloved Toccata from Symphony No. 5.
Dr. Belfield frequently serves as a choral clinician/adjudicator, lecturer, guest conductor, concert organist and accompanist across the country. His performance and lecture venues include the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center in New York, Hampton University, Jackson State University, Loyola University New Orleans, Morehouse College, Pennsylvania State University, Salem College, Spelman College, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Southern California, Virginia State University and Wake Forest University. His European performances as concert organist and accompanist have taken him to Schorndorf, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic. He continues to accept choral commissions for schools, professional choruses and special church celebrations.
Native of Petersburg, Virginia, Dr. Belfield 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, master’s degrees in music education and organ performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and doctor of musical art in organ performance from University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Dr. Belfield is currently Minister of Music/Organist at Hampton Baptist Church in Virginia, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music at Norfolk State University. Suggested donation is $15.
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR DR. BELFIELD – Monday evening, November 13, at 7 pm in the Plymouth Sanctuary, Dr. Belfield will present a Lecture/Recital on organ compositions by African American composers for the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The event is free and open to the public.
–Wanda Griffiths, Transitional Director of Music & Organist