Roy L. Belfield, Jr., was born in 1968, and is a native of Petersburg, Virginia. He began his undergraduate studies in Music at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Master degrees in Music Education and Organ Performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has also completed additional studies in vocal pedagogy at the University of Alabama.
As an educator, Dr. Belfield has taught students from preschool to college. As a church musician, he has served six denominations throughout the country. He currently serves as Church Organist at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. As composer and arranger, Belfield has written works for chorus, voice and piano, and organ. His choral and organ compositions are published by Mark Foster, a division of Shawnee Press, MorningStar Music, GIA Publications, and Wayne Leupold Editions. Belfield’s articles have been published in The American Organist and the Choral Journal.
Belfield is currently Assistant Professor of Music, University Organist, and Assistant Director of Choral Studies at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. At Winston-Salem State, he teaches Music Theory, Choral Arranging, and accompanies the Winston-Salem State University Choir. He also serves as director of Schola Cantorum, the University Men’s Ensemble. Belfield served on the faculty at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama before coming to Winston-Salem State University.