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Dr. Benjamin Schoening

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Title: Department Head of Music
Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Studies - Gainesville Campus
Phone: 706-867-4466

Office: Nix, 211, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Vocal Performance, Choral Conducting


Although gifted with a rare and beautiful lyric baritone voice, Benjamin Schoening chose to begin his musical career as an orchestral French Horn player and later became a conductor; thus he began his singing career later than most singers do. However, his combination of talents and unusual abilities has allowed him to gain a unique insight into the music he performs and has caused immediate success as a singer.

 Benjamin began his vocal studies under Dr. Gregory Berg in 1996. He later went on to study voice with David Greedy and Dr. Jessica Paul at Luther College where he obtained his Bachelor and Arts degree in 2000. From 2001 – 2003 Benjamin studied voice with Tomas Schleiss and Darren Anderson at the University of Illinois while earning a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducing with Don Schleicher. Benjamin received his DMA in voice performance from the University of Minnesota in 2011 where he studied voice with Glenda Maurice and Philip Zawisza and opera/acting with David Walsh.

Benjamin has enjoyed much success as a recitalist throughout the United States and Europe.  He has garnered a reputation for his performances of Art Song in the English language, and is in particular is a champion of the American repertoire.  In addition to his song recital performances, Benjamin has made appearances with the Racine Choral Arts Society (Wisconsin), Symphonia da Camerata (Illinois), and White Mountain Symphony Orchestra (Arizona), and Northeast Georgia Chamber Symphony as a vocal soloist. He has been active in opera, singing notable roles such as the Emperor in Stravinky’s Le Rossignol, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Falke in Die Fledermaus.

Benjamin has also established himself as a successful instrumental and choral conductor. He has held conducting positions with the Northland Master Chorale (AZ), White Mountain Symphony Orchestra (AZ), and Red Cedar Choir (WI). Benjamin has also had guest conducting appearances with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, University of Illinois Chamber Orchestra, University of Illinois Opera, and the Student Orchestra of Provenance in Aubagne, France.

 In addition to performing, Benjamin is a devoted teacher. He has served as a guest clinician for many events in the Midwest and Southwest United States and served as conductor of the 2007 Arizona Northeast Regional Honors Orchestra.  He has held teaching positions at Northland Pioneer College (AZ) and the University of Wisconsin – Barron County.  Benjamin is presently the Department Head of Music at the University of North Georgia.

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