Company: New River Community College
Location: Dublin, Virginia, United States
Louise A. Billaud, Professor at New River Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Music Education.
Dr. Billaud is a distinguished musician and educator who has devoted decades of her life to musical performance and education. She is currently Professor at New River Community College in Virginia, where she has been teaching since 2001. Beginning as instructor, she became assistant professor in 2007, then associate professor and gaining the full professorship in 2015. Prior to this, she was adjunct instructor at Radford University and had worked as a private piano teacher. As a pianist, she has given numerous concerts and recitals, and was the featured recording artist in the DVD “Mazeppa: An Inspirational Living Legend,” and CDs “Louise Billaud,” “From Bartók to the Popol Vuh,” and “Passion.” Masterful performances won her numerous recognitions, including first place in the International Bartók-Kabalevsky Piano Competition and the Maxim Shapiro Memorial Piano Competition.
Dr. Billaud’s own education began at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 1985. She then completed a Master’s degree at Radford University in 1997, and a Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University in 2014. As a pianist, she studied under the guidance of her husband, French-born American Professor Emeritus and Steinway artist Jean-Paul Billaud and acknowledges him as the source of inspiration for her own teaching and academic and musical accomplishments. Throughout her career, she has been awarded and honored numerous times. In 2014, she received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Association for Music Education Adult and Community Music Special Research Group and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Her role as an educator is emphasized in keynote addresses for the Virginia Community College System New Faculty Forum, Education Symposia, and in the classroom where she has and is “educating” hundreds of students through her impassioned panoramic lectures on music through the ages.
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