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Pianist John Benjamin enjoys a busy career of music making at - and away from - the keyboard. Mr. Benjamin has spent a great deal of his musical life as a collaborative musician: chamber musician, coach/accompanist, and opera and choral accompanist. However, he also regularly assumes the roles of choral director, church organist, musical theater conductor, and cast member in opera and musical theater. In 2000, he was appointed artist-in-residence in piano at the University of Dayton where, in addition to extensive performing, he teaches private and group piano lessons to majors and non-majors. Benjamin is also director of traditional worship at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Centerville. Before his residency at UD, he was on staff at the University of Akron and Butler University. He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Akron.
Most recently, Mr. Benjamin performed as pianist and baritone in The Music of Lucy Simon (UD), conducted John Rutter’s Requiem (Epiphany), music directed Bare: A Pop Opera (UD), and collaborated with soprano Minnita Daniel-Cox and poet Herbert Woodward Martin in a series of performances of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar. He and his wife, Martha, are the proud parents of two musically active sons, Ian and Evan.