Benson, Jeffrey S
Assistant Professor, Music & Dance
Director of Choral Activities
Preferred: (408) 924-4645
Tuesday 11:30-12:30; Thursday 11:30-12:30
- Ph.D., Choral Conducting & Music Education, Florida State University, 2011
- Master of Music, Music Education, Florida State University, 2005
- B.S., Music Education, New York University, 2000
Dr. Jeffrey Benson is the Director of Choral Activities at San José State University. Previously, Dr. Benson served as Director of Choral Activities and Fine Arts Department Chair at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia. The Washington Post hails his choirs for singing “with an exquisite blend, subtlety of phrasing, confident musicianship and fully supported tone…that would be the envy of some professional ensembles.”
Dr. Benson has served as cover conductor for the Grammy award-winning Washington Chorus, where he helped to prepare the ensemble for Maestros Julian Wachner, Leonard Slatkin and Marvin Hamlisch. In 2006, Benson was invited to La Universidad Americana in Managua, Nicaragua to assist the university in forming the first a cappella choir at the institution. Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, The White House and Washington National Cathedral. His choirs have performed on multiple state and regional conferences of ACDA and MENC and have toured throughout Europe. In 2006, the Woodlawn Chamber Singers under Dr. Benson’s direction were the only high school choir invited to sing on the National Conference of Chorus America in Washington, DC.
Dr. Benson is an active member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In 2002, ACDA recognized Benson with the first annual Colleen Kirk Award for his outstanding achievement as a young conductor. A former member of the Choir of Men and Boys at Washington National Cathedral, Dr. Benson is an active singer and a frequent guest conductor and clinician. Santa Barbara Music Publishing recently released one of Dr. Benson’s folksong arrangements under the Charlene Archibeque Choral Series.
Dr. Benson received his Masters degree and his Doctorate in Choral Conducting/Music Education from The Florida State University and his Bachelors degree in Music Education from New York University.