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Thomas Benjamin (b. 1940)

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Tom Benjamin was born in Bennington, Vermont, in 1940. He received his degrees from Bard College, Brandeis, Harvard and Eastman, studying composition with Carlos Surinach, Ernst Krenek, Arthur Berger and Bernard Rogers. Dr. Benjamin has composed works for all media, including concertos for violin, piano and viola, orchestral pieces, oratorios, cantatas, five operas, many song cycles and a great deal of chamber and choral music. More than 50 of his chamber, choral and keyboard works have been published.

Additionally, he is the author of two books on counterpoint, published by MacMillan (Schirmer Books), and co-author of three music theory texts, published by Wadsworth.

He has won prizes in a wide variety of composition contests here and abroad, and has received numerous grants, awards and commissions, from the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, Meet-the-Composer, the National Music Theater Network, the Barlow Foundation and many others. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo and the Virginia Center. Also active as a performer and choral conductor, Dr. Benjamin taught for many years at the National Music Camp (Interlochen), at the University of Houston School of Music, and has just retired from teaching theory and composition at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was for some years Chair of the Department of Music Theory.


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YR7007 Alleluia
YR7000 Alleluiah
YR7016 And They Shall Te...
YR7017 Anthems, Three
YR7001 Be Ours A Religio...
YR7002 Beauty Is Before ...
YR7003 Chantey
YR7022 Clear Midnight, A
YR7004 Communion
YR7015 Down by the Salle...
YR7005 Keepers of a Ligh...
YR7021 Message, The
YR7019 Mother Earth, Fat...
YR7006 Musical Offering,...
YR7020 Sacred Hoop, The
YR7008 Shall Tomorrow Fi...
YR7009 So Small A Thing
YR7010 Spirit of Wine, T...
YR7011 Sunsong
YR7018 These Three
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