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Benjamin Corbin

Department of Music


Benjamin Corbin

Assistant Professor - Keyboard
Director of Keyboard Studies

Ferguson Ctr A150
(757) 594-7730
benjamin.corbin@cnu.edu

Education

  • DMA in Collaborative Piano, University of Texas at Austin
  • MM in Collaborative Piano, University of Texas at Austin
  • MM in Piano Performance, University of Oregon
  • BM in Piano Performance, University of Oregon

Teaching

Solo Piano
Collaborative Piano
Chamber Music
Ludomusicology

Research

Contemporary music for Wind Instruments and Piano
Collaborative Piano Pedagogy
Piano Pedagogy

Biography

Dr. Ben Corbin maintains an active schedule as a pianist, chamber musician, teacher, and lecturer. Competition prizes include top prize in the Phi Beta Music Competition, 1st place in the OMTA Piano Competition, and 2nd Place in the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists’ Competition. He has been featured on classical radio KMFA in Austin, TX (2014) and has been described as an “incisive” pianist by the Colorado Springs Gazette (2013). In December 2018, Ben performed at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall alongside clarinetist Dr. Winnie Fan, principal of the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra. Ben has been a featured soloist with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic, the Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble, the Virginia Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and the Christopher Newport University Wind Ensemble. He has served as principal keyboardist with the Oregon Mozart Players, the Eugene Symphony, Eugene Opera, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, The Colorado College Music Festival Orchestra under the baton of Scott Yoo, and The University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin. As a vocal coach, Ben has held staff positions with Eugene Opera, the Butler Opera Center, the University of Oregon Opera Ensemble, and the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts. He was also invited as a Faculty Artist for the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute in 2017 and 2019, and has been a featured performer at the Cascadia Composers Festival in Portland, Oregon. Ben was awarded full scholarships in Collaborative Piano to attend the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in 2013 and the Brevard Summer Music Festival in 2014 where teachers included Jon Nakamatsu, William Wolfram, and members of the Ying String Quartet. He has also performed for a number of masterclass clinicians including John Perry, Anne Marie McDermott, Warren Jones, Margo Garrett, John Kamitsuka, Joseph Alessi, Steve Doane, James Ehnes, Lynn Harrel, and Noah Bendix-Balgley.
Dr. Corbin received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon where he studied with Dean Kramer and David Riley. He also received a second Master of Music and the Doctorate in Musical Arts in Collaborative Piano from The University of Texas at Austin, studying with Anne Epperson. While at the University of Oregon, he was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Performer, Keyboardist, and Collaborative Pianist in 2009, as well as the Outstanding Collaborative Pianist award in 2012. He also was the recipient of the Mary Elizabeth Sherrill Presidential Endowed Award in Music from 2014-2016. As a lecturer, he has presented at the Peninsula Music Teacher’s Association, the Appomattox Governor’s School, and the University of Texas at Austin. Over the summer, he is a member of the piano staff at the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York and in August of 2019, was a guest artist in collaborative piano at the Second International Clarinet Festival of Panamá. Dr. Corbin is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Arts at Christopher Newport University, where he also serves as the Director of Keyboard Studies

  • Mary Elizabeth Sherrill Presidential Endowed Award in Music, University of Texas at Austin. (2014)
  • Outstanding Graduate Performer in Collaborative Piano, University of Oregon. (2012)
  • Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists’ Competition - 2nd Prize, Coeur d'Alene Symphony. (2011)
  • University of Oregon Concerto Competition - 1st Prize, University of Oregon. (2010)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Collaborative Piano, University of Oregon. (2009)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Keyboard, University of Oregon. (2009)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Music, University of Oregon. (2009)
  • Grant from the Liberace Foundation, Liberace Foundation. (2008)
  • Madelon Petroff Piano Scholarship, University of Oregon. (2008)
  • Oregon Music Teachers Association Piano Competition - Winner, Oregon Music Teachers Association. (2008)
  • Other
    "Second Annual International Clarinet Festival of Panamá". MICLAP. Universidad de Panamá. Panamá City, Panamá.
  • Music Performance - Free-lance
    "Nancy Galbraith's 'Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble'". Ben Corbin, piano soloist with Chesapeake Bay Wind Ensemble. Peebles Theater. Newport News, VA.
  • "Christopher Newport University's 2nd Annual Piano Day". Dr. Benjamin Corbin. Peebles Concert Hall.
  • Other
    "CNU Second Annual Piano Day". Ben Corbin and Seung-Hye Kim. Peebles Theater. Newport News, VA.
  • Music Performance - Full Chamber Recital
    "Ben Corbin and Winnie Fan Collaborative Duo Recital". Cheung Yuan University. Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Music Performance - Full Chamber Recital
    "Ben Corbin and Winnie Fan Collaborative Duo Recital". National Concert Hall of Taiwan. Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Music Performance - Participation
    "Masterclass with Violinist James Ehnes". Ben Corbin, piano. Westport, NY.
  • Music Performance - Participation
    "Masterclass with Cellist Lynn Harrell". Ben Corbin, piano. Westport, NY.
  • Other
    "CNU Piano Day". Ben Corbin and Rick Rowley. Peebles Theater. Newport News, VA.
  • Music Performance - Free-lance
    "Franz Liszt's 'Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra'". Hampton Roads Philharmonic. American Theater. Phoebus, VA.
  • Music Performance - Full Chamber Recital
    "An Evening of Cabaret: Heather Parcells and Ben Corbin". Heather Parcells. Ferguson Center for the Arts. Newport News, VA.
  • Music Performance - Partial Chamber Recital
    "VSO Chamber Orchestra: Classical Winds". Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Peebles Theatre. Newport News, Virginia.
  • Benjamin Corbin, Guest masterclass Dr. Ben Corbin, "Collaborative Piano Masterclass," Panamá City, Panamá. (2019)
  • Benjamin Corbin, Introduction to Collaborative Piano, "Collaborative Piano Masterclass," Panamá City, Panamá. (2019)
  • Benjamin Corbin, Guest artist piano masterclass, "Dr. Ben Corbin, piano," Petersburg, VA. (2019)
  • Benjamin Corbin, Guest masterclass Dr. Ben Corbin, "Collaborative Piano Masterclass," Lincoln, NE. (2019)
  • Benjamin Corbin, Peninsula Music Teacher's Association, "Piano Masterclass," The Music Post, Yorktown, VA. (2018)
  • Benjamin Corbin, Peninsula Music Teacher's Association, ""Teaching Practicing"," Northampton Church of Christ at 1409 Todd's Lane, Hampton. (2017)
  • Benjamin Corbin, "Steinway Model 'B' Grand Piano," Sponsored by Hampton Roads Community Foundation, E.K. Sloane
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