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Benjamin Cornelius-Bates

Adjunct Professor, Organ; Director of Sacred Music
Mary Pappert School of Music
Organ/Sacred Music

School of Music, Room 314
Phone: 412.396.6080


A.D., Duquesne University
M.M., Duquesne University
B.M., University of Montana

Benjamin Cornelius-Bates, MM, AD, FAGO, grew up in Alaska, but did not study the organ until he attended the University of Montana, Missoula. There he studied with Dr. Nancy Cooper and earned a BM in Organ Performance. After moving to Vancouver, British Columbia with his wife, Benjamin studied organ with Rachel Alflatt and composition with her husband Denis Bédard. Benjamin earned his MM in Sacred Music from Duquesne University in 2009 and an Artist's Diploma in 2011 studying under Dr. Ann Labounsky. He is currently at Duquesne University as an adjunct professor in Organ and Sacred Music and Musicianship as well as organist and Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, Composer in Residence at First Lutheran Church, and a founding member of the Cinquefoil Ensemble in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As a composer, Benjamin, has had his compositions played throughout the world, including Canada, France, Italy, and Germany. A burgeoning composer, his music has been well received and recently was recorded on a CD titled Music at the Monastery. His piece, Fête, was a finalist in the 2012 Kansas City AGO Composition Competition. As an improviser, he was a semi-finalist at the 2011 André Marchal International Improvisation Competition held in Biarritz, France and competed in the 2013 Arthur Piechler competition held in Landau, Germany. His music and improvisations can be seen on his blog: baetzeditions.wordpress.com.