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Benjamin  Dawson 

Adjunct Professor
Music Theory & Aural Skills
423-439-4270 /
Mathes Hall 204
Benjamin Dawson is a composer, theorist and violinist based in Abingdon, VA. He completed his Master of Music in Theory/Composition at Appalachian State University in Spring 2017, studying composition with Dr. Ben Hjertmann and theory pedagogy with Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass. His masters thesis, "Timbral Explorations for Wind & Percussion Instruments", focused on the research of extended techniques and the subsequent incorporation of these sounds into a work for wind ensemble.

During undergrad, he studied composition with Dr. Maria Niederberger of East Tennessee State University. Benjamin has written for many musical ensembles, including choir (SATB, SSATB, SSA, TTBB), symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, trombone choir, wind quintet, string quartet, saxophone quartet, piano trio, piano four-hands, musical theatre, and percussion multi-setup. He has composed fifteen independent film scores and is the "in house" arranger/orchestrator for Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN.

In addition to teaching at ETSU, Benjamin is currently a theory professor at King University, plays violin in the Symphony of the Mountains and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, and serves as Board Chairman for the Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy.

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