Jack Benson completed his BA in Music Composition from Lamar University and his MM degree from the University of Houston. He has studied with notable composers including: William Latham and Martin Mailman, at the University of North Texas, Nick Rissman, at Lamar University, and Robert Smith, Marcus Maroney, Robert Nelson and Michael Horvit at the University of Houston. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Houston. In addition to his academic endeavors, Mr. Benson owns a recording and production studio. He also serves on the composition and theory faculty at Lamar University.
Mr. Benson’s influences include a wide spectrum of composers, such as Igor Stravinsky, Michael Torke and Louis Andriessen. The uniqueness of his musical language combines post-minimalism with jazz and popular elements, interlaced with chromatic textures.
Several of his works have been performed throughout the country with the most recent, Catalyst, for Trombone Choir, which was first premiered by the University of Houston Trombone Choir and performed at Potsdam University in New York. In 2010 he recieved first place in the Moores School of Music Sarofim Composer’s Contest for Wall Street, a percussion work for 12 percussionists, and second place in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for his works, In the Bag, for mixed ensemble; Surreal, for flute and clarinet; and Perpetual for brass quintet. He has received several commissions for musical arrangements and compositions from churches, schools and universities.