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Benjamin Chamberlain

Xavier University
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Dr. Chamberlain is the Director of Instrumental Activities at Xavier University. He will direct the Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble, and teach courses in conducting and music education.

Chamberlain earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; the Master of Music degree in Conducting from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His primary teachers were Dr. Mallory Thompson and Frank B. Wickes. Prior to graduate study, Chamberlain taught four years in the public schools of Forest Lake, Minnesota, where he directed concert and jazz ensembles, and taught courses in music theory.

Chamberlain has appeared as conductor and clinician throughout the United States. He most recently served as Associate Director of Bands at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, where he directed concert ensembles, oversaw athletic bands, and taught courses in conducting and orchestration.From 2008-2010, Chamberlain taught conducting courses at the National High School Music Institute. He also served on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, appearing as a guest conductor with the New Horizons Band. In the spring of 2011, he conducted the West Point Band on the Great American Works program.

Chamberlain’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, Conductors Guild, the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.