Benjamin C.S. Boyle
Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition
Benjamin C.S. Boyle's work encompasses a large variety of genres including opera, orchestral music, chamber music, choral music, art songs, and works for piano. Notable performances include the premiere of Hudson Sinfonia by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Riverside Church in New York City in April 2009. Chicago Lyric Opera, led by conductor Donald Nally, premiered his choral work The Holly and the Ivy in the same season. This season will see the premiere of his Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra with Makoto Nakura and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, at the piano, he gave the United States premiere of his Sonata-Fantasy with violinist Tim Fain at the Kennedy Center in Washington and Merkin Hall in New York. In 2005, Bachanalia Orchestra premiered the Cantata To One in Paradise for string orchestra and four vocal soloists in New York. The large work was also performed in June 2010 by The Crossing Choir and the Philadelphia Virtuoso Orchestra. He is a First Prize winner of the Young Concert Artists international composition competition. He is particularly noted for his composition of art songs. A compendium of these works (Complete Songs and Melodies 1998-2014) including some 60 songs will be published in late 2015.
In addition to his work with major performance organizations, he has written for and performed with many soloists including violinist Tim Fain, cellists Scott Kluksdahl and Efe Baltacigil, marimbist Makoto Nakura, baritone Randall Scarlata, harpist Emmanual Ceysson, pianists Chu-Fang Huang and Magdalena Baczewska, sopranos Jennifer O'Loughlin and Véronique Chevallier, and many others. He has worked with conductors including Donald Nally, Hans Leenders, Mark Shapiro, Lance Friedel, and Sarah Hicks. Dr. Boyle is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc. His music is published by Rassel Editions. It has been broadcast nationally on NPR and featured on Performance Today, and locally in New York on WQXR. Recordings of his Sonata-Cantilena (for flute and piano) and Three Carols for Wintertide (choir and organ) are available from Innova Records. A new recording of his song cycle Lenoriana, with Elem Eley and JJ Penna will be released on Naxos in late 2015.
His formative studies in composition, harmony, counterpoint, and analysis were under the guidance of Dr. Philip Lasser of the Juilliard School and Director of the EAMA Music Programs at La Schola Cantorum de Paris. He was trained in the method of Nadia Boulanger and continues to build on her pedagogic foundation through both his compositional and theoretical activities. Dr. Boyle is the Associate Director of the European American Musical Alliance.
At the age of 25, Dr. Boyle was the youngest person ever to receive a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Composition, after completing a M.M. from The Peabody Conservatory and a B.M. from the University of South Florida where he studied piano with Robert Helps. Past composition teachers of his include Narcis Bonet, David del Tredici, Christopher Theofanidis, Samuel Adler, Lukas Foss, and Nicholas Maw. Dr. Boyle has been a jury member of several major composition competitions including The EAMA Prize and the Peabody Macht Orchestral Composition Competition.
Reviews of Dr. Boyle's music have been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer,The Washington Times, The New York Concert Review, and many other publications.
Dr. Boyle is an Adjunct Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Westminster Choir College in Princeton and Faculty in Composition, Keyboard Harmony, Counterpoint, and Analysis at the EAMA Summer Program in Paris.