New York Festival Orchestra • New York, NY, March 2015
dell’Arte Opera Ensemble • New York, NY, August 2014
LoftOpera • Brooklyn, NY, February 2014 - present
Ensemble 212 • New York, NY, December 2013 - present
Nairobi Symphony Orchestra (featured soloist) • Nairobi, Kenya, June 2013 The Chelsea Symphony
• New York, NY, October 2011- present
Mannes College: The New School for Music, New York, NY, 2011-2013
• Master of Music degree in oboe performance
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2007- 2011
• Bachelor of Music in oboe performance
• Dean’s List 2007-2011
• Phi Beta Kappa member 2011-present
Sherry Sylar, Associate Principal Oboe, New York Philharmonic John Snow, Associate Principal Oboe, Minnesota Orchestra
Orchestra Coach at the Diller-Quaile School • New York, NY, September 2014 - present
At the Diller-Quaile School, I coach the students in the top orchestra, playing alongside them and guiding the rehearsal process. I perform and demonstrate musical ideas, and engage in lively discussions with the students and the orchestra’s conductor.
Oboe Instructor at the Long Island Conservatory • Long Island, NY, August 2013 - present
I teach a studio of young oboists (ages 9 - 16) at the Long Island Conservatory in private lessons each week, planning their curriculum and organizing performance opportunities and workshops.
Substitute Oboe Coach with InterSchool Orchestras of New York • New York, NY, January 2015
I coached a conducting workshop with the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, working with the other coaches and playing alongside the orchestra students, offering insight and asking questions to provoke thought.
Orchestra Mentor with the Mannes College Preparatory Division • New York, NY, 2012-2013
I helped lead woodwind sectionals with the Mannes Preparatory Division Philharmonic orchestra, played alongside the students in rehearsal, coaching and demonstrating as needed.
Co-founder and Teaching Artist, Trade Winds Quintet • New York, NY, 2012 - present
Trade Winds is the outreach woodwind quintet I founded in 2012, an ensemble formed with the express purpose of performing concerts and interactive classical music workshops in underserved communities. We traveled to Nairobi, Kenya in 2013 and partnered with seven different institutions. We developed our own music curriculum to teach and present our workshops there, and to found a brand-new music program at the Rise and Shine Academy in Kawangware.
Awards and Distinctions
I am a Founding member of Trade Winds Quintet, a New York based woodwind quintet dedicated to musical outreach. In December 2012, I was awarded a grant from the Peter M. Gross Fund to support my work with Trade Winds. • I was requested to perform as a soloist at the United Nations, playing in the Closing Ceremony of the World Energy Forum’s October 22nd 2013 Event,WorldEnergyDay.• Inthesummerof2011,mywoodwindquintetattheRoundTopFestivalInstituteinTexaswas chosen to perform in the prestigious “Best of Round Top Chamber Music Concert.” • I have performed at music festivals both in the United States and abroad, and have played in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully hall to art galleries and Brooklyn cafés, seeking to reach as wide-ranging an audience as possible.
Benjamin Sheen, Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, is one of the UK’s brightest young organists. Hailed as a ‘brilliant organist’ by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize at the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition 2013 and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013.
Benjamin started his education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral (under the direction of John Scott), before studying at Eton College and, more recently, Oxford University where he graduated with First Class Honours in Music. While an undergraduate, he held the position of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and became a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and the recipient of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal for 2011. In May 2013, Ben graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, with a Master of Music in Organ Performance, during which time he studied with Grammy award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.
As a concert organist, Benjamin has performed throughout the UK and the USA, as well as further afield in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Notable engagements have included performances in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall in London as well as appearances with the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Duisburg Symphonie in Germany. Recent engagements in the US have included recitals at Washington National Cathedral, Alice Tully Hall (New York), Trinity Church, Boston and a complete performance of J. S. Bach’s Clavier-Übung III at the 2015 Arizona Bach Festival and live on America’s radio station, NPR. He has also performed live on BBC radio and television and made a number of appearances on NPR’s Pipedreams. In January 2012, Benjamin made his concerto debut with the Juilliard Percussion Orchestra in a performance of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion Ensemble as part of the 2012 FOCUS Festival in the Lincoln Centre. Upcoming engagements include a solo tour to Singapore and Australia and, later in the year, Canada as well as engagements throughout the USA and the UK.
Elle Marie Hindson
Oboist, Trade Winds Quintet