Dr. Richard Bell is currently in his eighth year as associate professor of music at Clayton State University. His teaching areas include orchestra, conducting, double bass, music education, music composition and music theory. He is also the conductor of the Southern Crescent Symphony. A strong advocate for music education throughout the state, Richard is a graduate of the Arts Leaders of Metropolitan Atlanta class of 2018, a member of the steering committee for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Arts and Culture Strategic Plan and the state advisor for the collegiate division of the Georgia Music Educators Association. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Florida State University and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. He taught middle school and high school orchestra in the Clayton and Henry County schools for 29 years and served for two years on the faculty of Reinhardt University as conductor of the Reinhardt Orchestra. During his time in the public schools he served as president of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the Georgia Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Dr. Bell has presented sessions at the GMEA In-Service Conference, the American String Teachers Association National Conference, the Music Educators National Conference and the National Association for Music Education in Ireland. As a composer he has numerous published and commissioned works for school orchestra. His double bass teachers included Ralph Jones, Lucas Drew and Pamela Andrews. Awards received during his career include the Georgia Music Educators Association Distinguished Career Award, the Georgia String Teachers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Award, the Walmart Foundation Teacher of the Year Award, the STAR Teacher Award and the Clayton State University College of Arts and Sciences Gene Hatfield Service Award.
Glenn has been an active musician in the metro Atlanta area for over 20 years as a conductor and Horn Player with community orchestras, bands, and churches, and as an active high school band clinician. He also serves as the Conductor and Music Director for the Callanwolde Concert Band. He retired from active military service after a near 22-year career in the United States Army, including several prominent Army Band assignments. He has served in key roles in professional and community music ensembles including significant leadership positions in six active Army Bands, as a member of the staff and faculty at the Armed Forces School of Music, and Chairman of the Board and Principal Horn for the Tara Winds Community Band in Atlanta, Georgia. Following his active duty retirement, he served as the Bandmaster and later, Commander/Conductor for the Georgia State Defense Force Band, in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree (graduating with Cum Laude honors) from Saint Leo College (now University), a Master of Information Systems Management degree (graduating with Distinction) from Keller Graduate School of Management, and completed post-graduate doctoral course work at Capella University. During his Army Band service, he also completed advanced music study at the Armed Forces School of Music. Glenn is an accomplished composer and arranger with numerous musical arrangements and several original compositions to his credit, including three original military style marches and a String, Brass and Organ work which premiered by our orchestra in May 2015. He retired in 2017 as a senior manager with the federal government after a successful IT Program Management career. He resides with his wife of 40+ years in south metro Atlanta. They have two adult children and two grand-daughters, who also reside in the metro Atlanta area.
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