Associate Professor of Music
New River Community College
Dr. Billaud is an Associate Professor of Music at New River Community College where she has taught since 2001. Hired as a full-time instructor in 2004, she teaches Music History, Music Fundamentals, and Music Appreciation in various formats to meet the needs of community college students.
Trained in the United States and France, Louise Billaud studied under the guidance of her future husband, French-born American pianist and Steinway Artist, Professor Jean-Paul Billaud and felt the influence of his former teachers: French Masters Marguerite Long, Jacques Février, Alfred Cortot, and Polish pianist Auguste de Radwan who had studied in Vienna with the famed Theodor Leschetizky.
Drawing on years of intense musical training, competitions, and performances in North America and Europe, Dr. Billaud integrates that knowledge and world experience into the classroom, transporting her students through music to places beyond the boundaries of southwestern Virginia. They explore not only the history of music and the world, but integrate it into their lives.
First-prize winner in the Maxim Shapiro Memorial Piano Competition and the Bartók-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition, Louise Billaud took second place in the International Piano Recording Competition and was a semi-finalist in the International Web Concert Hall Competition. Her recordings (Louise Billaud, From Bartók to the Popol Vuh, and Passion) encompass works from the Baroque through the Twentieth-Century. Her lecture-recital entitled Mazeppa – An Inspirational Living Legend has been distributed in DVD format.
In 2009 her lecture-recital based on the Incantations from the Popol Vuh by composer Kent Holliday was enthusiastically received at the International Conference of the College Music Society in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2012, Louise Billaud presented research findings to the Adult & Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group (ACME SRIG) at the Music and Lifelong Learning Conference.
Louise Billaud earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree from Boston University and was recently honored by the National Association for Music Education ACME SRIG with the award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation.
"What I really care about, at the bottom of my heart, whether it is on a concert stage in Europe, or in the classroom, or playing in the big multi-purpose hall of my campus, or listening to my students, is to touch people in a way that is lasting, and hopefully, will move them to share what they discover with others."