D.M.A., Arizona State University
M.M., Cincinnati Conservatory
B.M., McGill University
Mailing Address: Foster 101
Expert Areas: Music Appreciation
Dominique Bellon has taught music appreciation at Eastern Kentucky University and upper division/graduate courses on performance psychology as well as on the literature and performance practice of Baroque music. She has also directed Baroque chamber ensembles and taught oboe for F.A.M.E., EKU’s preparatory program.
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Dr. Bellon holds a doctorate in Oboe Performance from Arizona State University, a Master’s in Oboe from the Cincinnati Conservatory and a B.Mus in Honours Composition from McGill University. Her doctoral research, which was a study on the application of sports psychology to music performance, led her to develop a specialty in this new field. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in this area at the University of Ottawa and at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; taught professional development courses to actors and musicians; and presented lectures at various universities, junior colleges, private organizations and summer programs. In the spring of 2015, Dr. Bellon was awarded a grant from the Banff Centre (Alberta) to begin work on a book on performance psychology for musicians.
Dr. Bellon has maintained an active and varied career as an oboist. She is equally at ease playing historically informed performances of Baroque and classical music as playing contemporary music. During the 2017-18 year she premeired a work for oboe and piano by Transylvania University composer Larry Barnes for the KMTA conference, a work for woodwind trio by EKU composer, Thomas Couvillon and perform a piece for oboe, viola and piano by Murray State University composer Mike D’Ambrosio. In 2013, she co-founded Bach to Now, a chamber music concert series in Lexington, dedicated to performing music for voice and instruments from the Baroque period to the present. She is also a member of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and a member of the newly founded wind trio, Favonian Winds. Dominique also frequently travels back to Quebec to fill in with various orchestras. Additional past orchestra playing experience includes holding a position as principal oboe of Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato (Mexico) and playing principal oboe and English horn with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.