Ithaca College Alum Named Semifinalist for Music Educator Grammy

By Vy Huynh, December 6, 2017
He is among 25 semifinalists chosen from 2,000 nominations nationwide.

Andrew “Drew” Benware ’03 was selected as a semifinalist for the 2018 Grammy for music educator of the year. He is among 25 semifinalists chosen from 2,000 nominations nationwide.

Benware graduated from Ithaca College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and in 2008 received his master’s degree in music, with a concentration in choral conducting.

Benware is choral director at Saranac Lake High School in Saranac Lake, New York. He is also the current conductor for the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, a regional chamber choir comprised of professional and amateur singers. He serves as a faculty member at Ithaca College’s Summer Music Academy, a residential pre-college program for middle and high school students.