Title: Music Educator
Company: McNeese State University
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Barbara J. Belew, Music Educator at McNeese State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Arts.
An associate professor of music since 1955, Ms. Belew is celebrated for her skill with the harp, and has been a harpist with the Lake Charles Symphony since 1958. She has also played with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and credits her success to Christ and to her enjoyment of music. Ms. Belew gives back as a member of Harp Camp and as a Sunday school secretary of the Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has appeared in numerous volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and the 28th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
Born to Horace Russell and Mattilene Lloyd Belew, Ms. Belew started playing piano at the age of five, and loved music very much. It was a natural progression to playing the harp for fun, and she fell in love with the instrument. In 1951, Ms. Belew earned a MusB, summa cum laude, from the Hardin-Simmons University, and in 1953, she completed a MusM from Indiana University. With the changing times, Ms. Belew also became certified as a teacher of music by the Music Teachers National Association in 1980, by that time a veteran teacher of 25 years.
Ms. Belew has been teaching for 62 years, and had continued to love music. She has supported numerous societies, serving as recording secretary of the Lake Charles Piano Teachers Association, State chair of the Baldwin Piano Competition, and a member of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. She is a leader of the alpha gamma chapter of DKGSI as well as founder of the American Harp Society, and held numerous roles with the group over the years. In her spare time, Ms. Belew is fond of needlework, reading, and crossword puzzles.
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