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John Benjamin

Artist-in-Residence, Piano

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: John Benjamin
Phone: 937-229-3293
FH 473J


  • M.M., University of Cincinnati, 1987
  • B.S. and B.M., University of Akron, 1985
  • Artist in Residence 


Pianist John 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 church organist, choral director, musical theater conductor, and cast member in opera and musical theater.

Mr. Benjamin was appointed Artist-in-Residence in piano at the University of Dayton in 2000 where he is one of the founding members of the Aviatori Piano Trio, a faculty ensemble. In addition to extensive performing, he teaches piano in private and group settings.

Before coming to UD, he was on staff at the University of Akron and Butler University. His primary teachers were Kenneth Griffiths, Richard Morris, Marian Lott and Donna Geller. He has been invited to participate in master classes with Arleen Auger, Dalton Baldwin, Irwin Gage, Jake Heggie, Martin Katz, Stephen Lord, Benjamin Luxon, Geoffrey Parsons, Samuel Sanders, and William Warfield, among others.

He holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Akron. Mr. Benjamin is also director of music at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Centerville.

Recent activities include:

  • July 2018 – played Dr. Neville Craven in The Secret Garden, Epiphany Players
  • October 2018 – NFMC prizewinner Andre Chiang, baritone, recital
  • November 2018 – Conductor, Faure Requiem, Epiphany Lutheran
  • February 2019 – Conductor/Music Dir., Amahl and the Night Visitors, Epiphany
  • February 2019 – Aviatori Piano Trio, a UD faculty ensemble, UD
  • March 29, 2019 – Shannon LaRue, soprano, First Baptist Church, Dayton, recital
  • April 12, 2019 – Olivia Yokers, soprano, Miami University-Hamilton, recital
  • April 27, 2019 – Shelbi Wagner, faculty cellist, Sears Recital Hall, recital
  • May 5, 2019 – Aviatori Piano Trio with guest Andrea Vos-Rochefort, Epiphany
  • October 28, 2019 – Andrea Wells, soprano; Aaron Brant, horn; UD faculty recital