EDUCATOR • FLUTIST • CONDUCTOR
Hailed by the New York Times as "Powerful and Passionate", Dr. Jeremy Benson, American flutist and pedagogue, joined the faculty at the David L. Walters Department of Music in the fall of 2011, where he is Professor of Flute Studies, Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the JSU Civic Symphony & the Jacksonville Opera Theatre Orchestra, and teaches music history. Dr. Benson was named the Silver Prize winner at the 2021 Music International Grand Prix solo artist competition and was awarded First Prize at the USA solo division of the competition before advancing to the international level. In 2019, he was honored by receiving the JSU Faculty Scholar Lecturer of the Year Award for his service to research, publication, and original work in the music field. In 2012, Dr. Benson was awarded the JSU Ray and Ruth Ringer Award for superior achievements and accomplishments in the flute community. He served as the Coordinator for the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition from 2013-2018 and is currently serving as Vice President for the Florida Flute Association's annual conventions until 2023.
As an active soloist, chamber musician, and adjudicator, Dr. Benson was named a First Prize Winner at the 2011 Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York. He was also the First Prize Winner at the Kentucky Flute Society's Concerto Competition in 2010. In addition to being a lecturer and performer, he has had the prestigious honor to serve on juries for international and national flute competitions & master classes including: the National Flute Association's competitions, the New York Flute Club, the Florida Flute Association, the Mid South Flute Society, the Flute Society of Washington, D.C., the MTNA Woodwind Soloist Competition, and the ENKOR International competitions. His students are consistently hired for music jobs and are named as award winners at national auditions and solo artist competitions. The JSU Flute Ensembles have performed at several national conventions including the National Flute Association's annual convention, the Florida Flute Convention, and the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference.
Dr. Benson is the leading scholar and expert on flute compositions by the contemporary Japanese-French composer Yuko Uѐbayashi, and his doctoral research serves as a primary source and cornerstone publication about Uѐbayashi and her original flute compositions. He is the creator of the "Take Your Picc..." master class series that includes four piccolo master classes that has been presented around the country.
He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, the Master of Music in Performance degree from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jacksonville State University. He performs as Principal flutist in the Gadsden Symphony & Rome Symphony.
His newest album will be released in the summer of 2022 featuring Kuhlau trios with Bart Feller and Laurel Zucker. Other recordings include "EARTH: new works for flute and piano" on Cantilena Records, and "Pure HYMNagination". Other flute publications are available through Little Piper Publishing and several online sources.
He is a Muramatsu flute performing artist .