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John Beall
Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University

Composer John Beall was born in Belton, Texas, in 1942, and grew up in the coastal city Beaumont.  He studied composition at Baylor University and at the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of Samuel Adler.  While at Eastman he received the 1972 Louis Lane and Howard Hanson Prizes for his compositions. Dr. Beall was Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at West Virginia University from 1978 until his retirement and appointment as Professor Emeritus in 2014.  Summers from 1992 to 2004 were spent teaching at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan,  with summer 2005 at The Brevard Music Center. In 1990 he was named Benedum Distinguished Scholar for the Humanities and Performing Arts by West Virginia University and has been an annual winner of Serious Music Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).  He has twice been named Composer of the Year by the West Virginia Music Teacher’s Association. His music is published by Carl Fischer, and Southern Music Co. , anf available through Theodore Front Music. Recordings can be found on The West Virginia University Press, Crystal, Cambria, E.R.M. Media, and Ravello labels. Most pieces are available on iTunes for download.


Composer John Beall was born in Belton, Texas, in 1942. He holds degrees form Baylor University and the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.  Since 1978 Dr. Beall has been Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at West Virginia University. Summers from 1992 to 2004 were spent teaching at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan where he chaired the program in theory and composition. In the summer of 2005 he acted in a similar capacity at The Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

His music is published by Carl Fischer, and Southern Music Co. and also available through Theodore Front Musical Literature, Inc. Recordings of his music are found on Crystal Records (one LP) and Cambria (2 CDs), E.R.M. Media (2 CDs), and the West Virginia University Press (2 CDs).

Looking to perform a work by John Beall, or just interested or curious? PDF downloads and sound files are available. Contact the composer for details.