Composer News:

I recently completed a new commission for the Atlantic Reed Consort! They will premiere my work titled Midair Exhibition in November 2019 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Learn more about this incredible ensemble here:

https://www.arconsort.org/

Grade 4 Consortium Project - Dr. Jason Ladd, director of bands at Nicholls State University, is leading a consortium to generate a new work for the band medium to be premiered in February 2020. For more information on this project (including how to join the consortium), please contact Dr. Ladd at jason.ladd@nicholls.edu or myself at robichauxbenjamin@yahoo.com.

Fuego, an award-winning saxophone quartet, will be premiering Open/Close, a multi-movement work tackling issues of mental health at the International Saxophone Symposium to be held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in January 2020. They will perform the work again in March 2020 at the North American Saxophone Alliance 2020 Biennial Conference to be held at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Learn more about this dynamic ensemble here:

https://www.fuegoquartet.com

I took part in the 2019 National Band Association Young Composer and Conductor Project! This exciting project took place in Washington, D.C. in June where I was mentored by composers Frank Ticheli, Mark Camphouse, and Brian Balmages. My piece As the Lights Go Out was performed by the United States Air Force Band under the direction of Giovani Briguente. Additionally, I had the privilege of working with conductors Paula Crider, Linda Moorhouse and Colonel Don Schofield.

More Information: https://nationalbandassociation.org/mentor-projects/

Enjoy Eric Dluzniewski’s beautiful performance of Serenade for Euphonium and Piano:

The Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jonathan Caldwell, premiered my work As the Lights Go Out for wind ensemble and electronics on February 24, 2019 at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, VA. I couldn’t be happier with their performance! Their performance was the first as a consortium member of the ACCBDA James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers. More information on the grant can be found here:

https://music.fsu.edu/james-e-croft-grant-young-and-emerging-wind-band-composers

I competed as a national finalist in the 2018 Rapido! Composition Contest. My piece Innocent Machine was performed a second time by the Atlanta Chamber Players on January 20, 2019. The piece can be heard here:

More details here:

http://atlantachamberplayers.com/rapido/

I was chosen as a resident composer for the Arts Letters & Numbers Artist Residency Program! In May, I will travel to Averill Park, New York to join artists of all disciplines for this residency. More details here:

http://www.artslettersandnumbers.com/residency/

Polarity was selected for performance at the SEAMUS 2019 National Conference at Berklee! In March, I will travel to Boston with saxophonist Harrison Clarke for this performance. A studio recording of the piece can be heard here:

My fixed media piece American Real Estate was performed at the 2018 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.  More details here:

http://www.nycemf.org

American Real Estate can be heard here:

Recurrence for flute and piano was accepted to the 2018 Society of Composers, Incorporated Student National Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  More details here:

http://www.societyofcomposers.org/conferences/2018_2019/2018studentnational.html

Recurrence can be heard here:

I was accepted into the 2018 Alba International Music Festival to take place in Alba, Italy in May and June of 2018.  I have written a piece to be premiered by the SOLI Chamber Ensemble at this festival!  More details here:

https://www.albacomposition.com/the-2018-fellows.html

Intrusive Thoughts, composed for SOLI Chamber Ensemble and the Alba International Music Festival, can be heard here:

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The Atlantic Reed Consort will perform my new work titled Midair Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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Fuego will premiere my piece Open/Close in January 2020.

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The Nicholls State Wind Ensemble will premiere Surging Home as the leader of a Grade 4 Consortium

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In June 2019, the United States Air Force Band performed As the Lights Go Out.

My principal mentor for the project was Frank Ticheli.

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In May 2019, I will spent a week in Averill Park, New York as a resident composer at the arts letters and numbers residency program

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Polarity will be performed at the SEAMUS 2019 Conference at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

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I am a national finalist in the Rapido! Composition Contest.

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My work American Real Estate tackles issues of political and cultural injustice. It was performed at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival in 2018.

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The James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers involves every member school of the ACC. My piece As the Lights Go Out was premiered by the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble in February 2019.

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While at the Alba Music Festival, I studied with renowned composer George Tsontakis.