Composer Betty R. Wishart

Betty Wishart’s music has been performed throughout the United States, in England, France, Italy, South Korea, and Japan.  A graduate of Queens College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she continued her studies in New York City.  Her major teachers were Roger Hannay, Richard Bunger Evans, Donald Waxman, Michael Zenge, and Wolfgang Rosé.  Although many of her compositions are for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles, she has also written sacred, orchestral, and pedagogical music.

Wishart has received awards from American Pen Women, American College of Musicians, Composers Guild, Delta Omicron, 2009 and 2015 Regional Artist Project Support Grants from the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Arts Council, and annual awards from ASCAP since 1996.  She has also been credited in numerous publications including Who’s Who in Music and Musicians, Foremost Women of the 20th Century, World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who of American Women, Two Thousand Outstanding Musicians of the Twentieth Century, and Who’s Who in America.  In 2013 Apres Margherita was one of 15 pieces selected for the Vox Novus celebration of Verdi’s birthday.  Several of her piano compositions have also been repertoire selections for the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival.  Her most recent commission, Requiem for Dreams for soprano and piano, was written to promote awareness of domestic violence.

Professional Affiliations


American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers

National Association of Composers, USA

Society of Composers, Inc.

Southeastern Composers’ League

Vox Novus

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