BEN STONAKER (b.1981) earned his Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2007, where he studied with James Mobberley, Chen Yi, and Paul Rudy. He earned his Bachelor of Music in composition from Louisiana State University in 2004, where he studied with Stephen David Beck. Stonaker received national recognition for his wind ensemble piece While We Were Yet Sinners at the National Band Association's biennial convention after being selected from a nationwide competition to be part of the NBA's 2002 Young Composer Mentor Project. He has had the opportunity to meet and work with several composers including Joan Tower, Mark Camphouse, David Gillingham, Frank Ticheli, Michael Daugherty, David Dzubay, Donald Grantham, Ian Krouse, and Libby Larsen. In December 2005 Mr. Stonaker served on a distinguished panel and was a charter composer for the cutting edge project and forum, Renewing the Creative Environment at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
His music has been performed across the United States and Puerto Rico, and internationally in Wales, Canada, Brazil, Scotland, and France. Dr. Stonaker completed his DMA in composition at the University of Texas at Austin in December 2015 where he studied with Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Russell Pinkston.
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