Phyllis L. Park Beasley Radu
Phyllis Radu, an elementary school teacher and administrator at Countryside SDA School in Spokane, Washington, is also an accomplished singer. At age fifteen she began voice lessons with Marilyn Cotton. For the next eight years, she continued with Cotton while also studying with JoAnn Robbins and Moses Chalmers, teachers at La Sierra College, now La Sierra University.
Beginning in academy and continuing in college, Phyllis had been a member of select choral groups as well as a vocalist in the LSC college choir and oratorio chorus. †In her junior year at LSC, she was one of the soprano soloists in the college's presentation of Handel's Messiah.
A soloist in numerous churches and at camp meetings across the United States in her early years, Radu recorded an album for Chapel Records in 1987 entitled Bring Back the Glory. †Part of her preparation for the recording was voice lessons with William Carey II in the last three months of 1986. This recording led to singing opportunities throughout the U.S. and an invitation to record fifteen songs for the Three Angels Broadcast Network, which used eight of these as part of their Christmas Special for that season. †
In 2001 and 2003 Radu had the opportunity to sing in Lutsk and Uzgorod, Ukraine, for evangelistic meetings. †
In 2005 she enrolled at Walla Walla College, now University, where she completed a degree in elementary education and a minor in music. While at WWC, she studied voice with Christine Janis in the department of music, completing her undergraduate degree in 2005, and a masterís degree in leadership education in 2008.
She is currently a member of the Sounds of Praise choir in Spokane.
Sources: Interview, April 2013; email with revisions to the original biography, 25 August 2013; Senior Recital printed program, 2005; California Marriage Index; Other online sources.†