Faculty director for CAPA Antithesis
Ben has a long history of creative involvement in Pittsburgh's music community. Active as a saxophonist and composer, his current ensembles include Thoth Trio, OPEK, Syrinx Ensemble, and Dust & Feathers. He has previous played, recorded and toured with Water Shed 5tet and Coal Train, among others. In 1996, he was awarded the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Creative Achievement Award, for his work as composer and player. His composition commissions included a debut by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He is currently on staff at CAPA High School and Carnegie Mellon University, teaching music technology, electronic music, scoring, and avant-garde techniques.