Department of Performing Arts
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David Belles joined the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University in August, 2002. In addition to conducting the Eastern Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, he teaches group and private voice instruction, conducting and music history. He is also music director and conductor of the Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut, and serves the American Choral Directors Association as Past-president of the Connecticut chapter.
Choirs singing under Dr. Belles' baton have performed at notable concert venues across the country and abroad, most recently making a solo appearance with Eastern Concert Chorale by invitation at Carnegie Hall in November, 2011. He remains active as clinician and adjudicator; prior to his appointment at Eastern, Dr. Belles taught at College of Idaho, and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
Conductors with whom Dr. Belles has studied include Elmer Thomas, Earl Rivers, John Leman, William Hatcher, and Timothy Stalter. He received the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, a Master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the DMA in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.