Hailed as “very talented for his young years,” Benjamin Schoening is one of the up–and–coming musical talents of his generation. Although gifted with a rare and beautiful lyric baritone voice, Benjamin chose to begin his musical career as an orchestral French Horn player and later became a conductor; thus he is beginning his singing career later than most singers do. However, his combination of talents and unusual abilities has allowed him to gain a unique insight into the music he performs and has caused immediate success as a singer.
Benjamin has enjoyed much success as a recitalist throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently he has performed recitals in the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Minnesota, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Alabama. His particular area of interest as an Art Song Recitalist is songs in the English language. His love for and understanding of poetry inspires his work in that area.
In addition to performing, Benjamin is a devoted teacher. He has served as a guest clinician for many events in the Midwest and Southwest United States and served as conductor of the 2007 Arizona Northeast Regional Honors Orchestra. He is the former director of musical activities and professor of music at Northland Pioneer College (Arizona). Currently, Benjamin is presently an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin – Barron County, where he is Director of Campus Musical Activities, Director of the Holiday Festival, and Music Director/Conductor of the Red Cedar Choir.