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Ben Smolder


Ben Smolder
Bass-Baritone Benjamin Smolder has appeared in productions and concerts all over the world.  His international experiences include performances at the Santander Festival, Spoleto Festival, Festival Internacional de Música Pau Casals, Festival de Mao, Teatro Municipal of San Feliú de Guixols, Almudena Cathedral, Teatre Principal de Mao, Festival de Moiá de Valles, Voces Para la Liturgia, Castell de Belver and El Escorial.  He has appeared in principal operatic roles in Prague, Vienna (Folks Oper), Cairo, Madrid, Barcelona  and Firenze.  In this country he has performed as a concert at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, for the National Association of Choral Conductors, the Detroit Institute of Arts, for the opening of the National Freedom Center, with the Cincinnati Symphony and May Festival, Detroit Symphony, Spoleto Festival, Lexington Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Columbus and the Dayton Philharmonic.  He has also appeared with opera companies that include Cincinnati Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Opera, Central City Opera and Dayton Opera. He has appeared on numerous recordings including The Tenderland in the role of Grandpa with Albany Records, Lilly of the Valley with the American Spiritual Ensemble, American Tapestry with the Vocal Arts Ensemble in Conrad Sousa’s Carols from the Southwest.   He is a contributor to the PBS special entitled The Spiritual produced by Dos Vatos for PBS and has appeared on the John Edwards Show on National Public Radio. Recently, he performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for the opening ceremony of the World Equestrian Games.  Benjamin Smolder is Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Miami University where he teaches private voice, lyric diction, opera workshop and conducts opera and musical theater productions.  He is the Director for the National Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition and oversees ten national competitions for talented high school singers.  As a music direction and conductor he has received an award from the National Opera Association for Best Collegiate Production.  Smolder is director and conductor for an ensemble that celebrates The Great American Songbook presenting music from stage and screen with guest artists and the Grand Night Orchestra.  Smolder holds degrees in vocal performance and music education from the University of Kentucky and  Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  His teachers have included Barbara Honn, Dale Moore, Ken Shaw, Stephen King, Rudolph Piernay and Lillian Long.  He is widely sought after as a master clinician and adjudicator and has acted as adjudicator for the National Arts and Letters Competition, NATSA, Overture Awards and the Schmidt Competition.