Beginning Conducting for Singers
Dr. Benson is currently the Director of Choral Activities at San José State University in San José, California. The Washington Post hails his choirs for singing “with an exquisite blend, subtlety of phrasing, confident musicianship and fully supported tone…that would be the envy of some professional ensembles.” Dr. Benson has served as cover conductor for the Grammy award-winning Washington Chorus, where he helped to prepare the ensemble for Maestros Leonard Slatkin, Marvin Hamlisch and Julian Wachner. Choirs under his direction have performed with Andrea Bocelli, the Los Angeles Festival Orchestra and the Skywalker Orchestra. In 2006, the Woodlawn Chamber Singers under Dr. Benson’s direction were the only high school choir invited to sing on the National Conference of Chorus America in Washington, DC.
A former member of the Choir of Men and Boys at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Benson is an active singer and a frequent guest conductor and clinician. In 2002, ACDA recognized Benson with the first annual Colleen Kirk Award for his outstanding achievement as a young conductor. Santa Barbara Music Publishing recently released one of Dr. Benson’s folksong arrangements under the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series.
To learn more about Dr. Benson please visit: http://www.sjsu.edu/music/faculty_staff/benson_jeffrey/