Donor Spotlight: Laura Bell, pianist

As an elementary music teacher in Montgomery, New Jersey, and organist and co-music director at Montgomery United Methodist Church, I have the opportunity to share my love of music each day.
I have fond memories of the relationships I made with my professors and fellow doctoral candidates while at Rutgers. I credit Paul Hoffmann for helping me find my niche in contemporary music while performing with the Rutgers contemporary ensemble, HELIX. As a member of the SummerFest Chamber Players of Rutgers, we had the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall. I have performed recitals around the world, and locally with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Central Jersey Symphony.
Dr. Laura Bell, Mason Gross Doctorate of Musical Arts class of ‘97,
is pictured at Steinway Hall in Manhattan with a John Lennon
piano. Courtesy Laura Bell
Irene Alm, Associate Professor, was one of my biggest fans and my mentor.  Through my family foundation, I am pleased to support the Irene Alm Memorial prize to a graduating doctoral student for excellence in performance and scholarly research.  I also give to the Mason Gross Academic Excellence Fund because I feel that providing unrestricted support to areas of most urgent need at Mason Gross is important. 
I credit my parents for teaching me the importance of giving back. I am grateful to my father, Gordon Bell, who is well known in the Computer Science field, for encouraging my pursuit of music and supporting me emotionally and financially.
For me, giving back to my alma mater helps me to feel connected and leaves me with the satisfaction that I am helping future generations of talented artists.  I believe that each of us has the responsibility to give back. I hope you will join me in paying it forward by supporting Mason Gross School of the Arts. 
Laura Bell, Mason Gross School of the Arts         
Doctorate of Musical Arts ‘97         

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