Dr. Robert Benton

Assistant Professor, Low Brass/Music Theory

Office: FAB 230   |    Phone: (308) 865-8352   |    Email: bentonrw@unk.edu

Dr. Robert Benton

Biography

Dr. Robert Benton, well-regarded in the international low brass community, is currently Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Music Theory at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Prior to joining the faculty at UNK, Dr. Benton taught applied low brass and music theory at the University of Windsor (Canada), Adrian College, Eastern Michigan University, and held other teaching positions at Oakland University and the University of Michigan.

As a performer, he has experience as a soloist and ensemble member across the United States and Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has performed with the Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra (Beijing), the Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed concerti in the US, Germany and Korea, and has performed recitals at several international and regional tuba-euphonium conferences, including the US Army Band Tuba Euphonium Workshop in Washington DC, and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria. His debut CD, Mirrors, was recently featured and praised on NPR.

Since 2009, he has commissioned or premiered over a dozen new works for low brass in a variety of media, ranging from unaccompanied works to chamber concerti. His most recent venture is an etude book featuring a collection of vocalises from the early 20th century Paris Conservatory.

Dr. Benton earned his DMA from the University of Michigan (Euphonium and Tuba performance), his MM from Michigan State University (Low Brass Specialist), and his BM from Oakland University (Euphonium performance).