Richard Fountain

Known for his joyful spirit and praised for his “clear, expressive playing,” “mature display of pyrotechnics,” and “seasoned artistry,” pianist Richard Fountain has steadily garnered recognition for his versatile abilities as soloist, collaborator, teacher, and conductor.


Fountain’s diverse repertoire includes Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety and concertos by MacDowell, Shostakovich, and Philip Glass, in addition to thoughtfully programmed solo recitals and extensive experience as a collaborator. He is especially noted for performing the complete cycle of Franz Liszt’s monumental transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. Fountain is also dedicated to presenting American piano music from all eras, championing composers such as John Knowles Paine, Arthur Foote, and Howard Hanson, while also performing the music of contemporaries such as John Adams, Joan Tower, Lowell Liebermann, and Gary D. Belshaw.


Originally from Springfield NE, Fountain began studies with his mother, Judy, and continued with David Gerard. He then studied with Leon Harshenin at Taylor University and with Paul Barnes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fountain holds the positions of Principal Keyboard with both Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. He is full Professor of Piano at Wayland Baptist University, where he teaches applied and collaborative piano, entrepreneurship, piano literature, and pedagogy, and he directs the Wayland Singers Chorus and collaborates with Wayland’s International Choir.


Fountain is an accomplished traveler, having traveled to 44 of the 50 United States and 10 other countries. He particularly loves long road trips on the open highways of America, and possesses a strangely comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. Interstate Highway system. photo: David Dale


Gary D. Belshaw

The music of Gary D. Belshaw (ASCAP) has been performed throughout the United States and abroad, including England, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Spain. Most notably, Belshaw’s Victory Day Overture for concert band received its world premiere in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. His Oofdah Fanfare premiered in the Imperial Concert Venue of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.


His 10-minute, one-act opera, The Worst One Ever, has enjoyed 38 performances in 23 productions across the United States. His two-act opera, Incident at Burro Java, was premiered by faculty, students and guest artists in 2016 at the Harral Memorial Auditorium in Plainview TX. Other venues for performances of his works are the conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Midwest Clinic, and Big 12 Trombone Conferences.


Performers of Belshaw’s music include the U.S. Naval Academy Band and the Naval School of Music; the University Orchestra and the Symphonic Winds of Texas Tech University; The Houston Symphonic Band; The Plainview Symphony; trombonist Don Lucas; and clarinetist Sandra M. Mosteller. Some of his early works for trombone are available through Warwick Music, UK. More than 200 of his works are available online as digital downloads through Sheet Music Plus. Many of these are his arrangements of popular music titles. Belshaw resides with his wife of 45 years in Plainview TX. He has given more than 50 years of service to God through church music.

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