High School Division

2015 High School Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically. 

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Andrew Benware, ConductingAndrew Benware, Conducting
Director of Choral Activities, Saranac Lake High School (NY); BM, MM, Ithaca College

Andrew Benware is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Saranac Lake High School (NY) where he conducts the Festival Chorus, Concert Choir, Men’s Ensemble, Women’s Ensemble, and teaches small group vocal instruction. He also serves as the Music Director for the annual musical theater production and maintains a small private piano studio.

Benware is also the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE), a highly selective chamber choir which operates under the umbrella of the Hill and Hollow Music Society in Saranac, NY.

Additionally, Benware serves as Lecturer in the field of Music Education at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, NY, where he teaches summer graduate courses in Band Methods and conducts the Summer Graduate Choir and Band. He previously held full-term employment as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the College, instructing wind instrument pedagogy, instrumental conducting, and secondary instrument methods. Additionally, he has supervised student teachers, conducted the Brass Choir and has served as a sabbatic leave replacement as conductor of the Concert Band.  He also served as accompanist and guest conductor for the Campus Chorale and accompanist and collaborative instructor for the Musical Theater Workshop.

He is a native of Northern New York State where he has served several years as a public school music educator, both as Director of Instrumental Music at Saranac Lake (NY) High School and as Director of Choral Activities at the Peru (NY) Middle/High School.

Benware is active as a lecturer and clinician, having recently presented at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY, and is in frequent demand as a guest conductor for honors ensembles (both instrumental and choral) throughout New York State. He is also active as a performer, taking part in the Upstate New York Chorus (UNYC) under the direction of Dr. Janet Galvan, and as a church musician, holding positions at both St. Bernard’s and St. Agnes Catholic Churches in Saranac Lake (NY) and Lake Placid (NY), respectively.

He holds both a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration on the Trumpet and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Ithaca College School of Music.

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