Our Conductor – Dr. Benjamin A. Chamberlain
In addition to his role as conductor for the Cincinnati Brass Band, Benjamin A. Chamberlain serves as assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities in the School of Arts and Innovation at Xavier University. He directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, facilitates Instrumental Studio sessions, and teaches courses in conducting and music education. He is an active member of the Xavier community, serving on Faculty Committee, advising for student organizations, and participating in the Doing Digital @ Xavier Faculty Learning Community.
Chamberlain earned the bachelor of music degree in music education from the University of Minnesota, the master of music degree in conducting from Louisiana State University, and the doctor of musical arts in conducting from Northwestern University. His primary teachers were Dr. Mallory Thompson and Frank B. Wickes. In addition to university teaching, his public school teaching experience includes four years of service at Forest Lake High School and the ALC in Forest Lake, Minnesota, where he directed concert and jazz ensembles, chorus, and class guitar, and taught courses in music theory.
Chamberlain has appeared as conductor and clinician throughout the United States. 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.
Chamberlain currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, two children, and an amicable golden retriever named Lady.