Dr. Gary D. Belshaw is a recently retired Professor of Music Composition. He was 13 years in the studio of internationally renowned composer Mary Jeanne vanAppledorn. His compositions have been performed by the U.S Naval Academy Band, the Houston Symphonic Band, the Texas Tech Symphonic Winds and Symphony Orchestra, the Wayland Baptist University choirs, Don Lucas, Richard Fountain, Brenda Wristen, Sandra M. Mosteller, and the USNA Trombone quartet. His operas have seen 27 performances in 17 productions nationally. He adjudicates student compositions for MTNA local chapters and writes frequently on the Arts.