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Concert Choir performs Nov. 13 under new director

  • Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Dr. Roy Belfield, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, UMESUMES Concert Choir performs under new director

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(Oct. 27, 2011) When the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Concert Choir takes to the stage Nov. 13 for its annual fall concert, the group will be under a new director for the first time in 21 years.

    Dr. Roy Belfield, a native of Petersburg, Va., will fulfill his goal of directing a college choir when he leads the 20-member choir for the first time at 4 p.m. in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts. 

    Belfield came to UMES this past August as associate professor of music and director of choral activities at the university.  He was the assistant director of choral activities at Winston-Salem State University for four years prior to coming to UMES.

    Belfield is a published composer and arranger.  "My choral compositions have literally pulled me into conducting," Belfield said. 

    Under his direction, the choir will perform works by Rosephanye Powell, Adolphus Hailstork, Rene Clausen and R. Nathaniel Dett among others.

    "I look forward to the students realizing their hard work in rehearsals has paid off," Belfield said.

    Dr. Troy Banks of Salisbury University will be the guest accompanist. 

    The concert is free and open to the public.  Call 410-651-6571 for more information.


     Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580,  

    Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355,