Dr. William Wells Belan is generally recognized as a versatile musician who specializes in the performance and study of choral music. Dr. Belan holds academic degrees from U.C.L.A., the University of Tulsa, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Covering a wide vista of musical activities, Dr. Belan serves as Professor of Choral Studies, and principal coordinator of graduate choral studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Further, he has served as guest lecturer on the choral faculty of Long Beach State University.
Since l987 Dr. Belan has directed the Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies, which he founded with the late reknowned choral conductor, to develop scholarly information and new choral repertoire. Since 1997 Dr. Belan has served as President of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network, a continental organization of more than 600 denominational members. He is Director of Music at the First UU Church of Los Angeles.
In l994 Dr. Belan completed a six-year post-doctoral certificate at the Claremont Graduate University where he studied executive management with Professor Peter Drucker. Dr. Belan has been called upon to work on large-scale choral projects including the 1984 Olympic Choir, the l985 Fourth of July at the Rose Bowl, the l992 Olympic Festival at Dodger Stadium, and "Children Sing," a Holiday festival of children's choirs at CSLA's Luckman Performing Arts Center. He has choral works published by Thomas House Publications,Twin Elm Publications, and Alliance Publications. Dr. Belan's first book, Choral Essays: A Tribute to Roger Wagner was published in March, l995 by Thomas House Publications. Dr. Belan is a frequent guest conductor both within the United States and Central America.
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