Dr. Al Benner
[Theory, Composition, Instrumental, Ensembles, Piano]
Louisiana School for
Math, Science and the Arts
Room 214 MAB
For a listing of performances of my music in 2014, please click here.
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Do what is right even if it is unpopular.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Don't let others think for you.
There is always a choice.
Be true to yourself.
“Excellence is not an action, but a habit.”
"To educate a person in intelligence but not in
character is a crime to the human spirit."
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my
imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
--Dr. Albert Einstein
“In God We Trust”
--George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, John Adams,
Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan
Courses offered for Spring 2014
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Introduction to Music Theory II
Adv. Music Theory II
Adv. Music Theory IV
Major Instrumental Study
To see past courses taught at LSMSA and last semester’s syllabi, please click here.
For a description of the Philosophy courses and the Music Theory and Composition courses I teach, please click here.
Listed below are video performances from the April 21st
LCC concert featuring current composition students of Dr. Al Benner.
Click on student’s name to see performance.
performed by Anna Tan (violin)
performed by Himchan Song (alto sax)
performed by Dr. Benner (piano)
performed by Himchan Song and Wesley Ducote (alto sax)
The LSMSA Chamber and Mixed Ensembles are treated as
professional performing groups. Consequently, inclusion in these groups
is by audition only. For details about the different LSMSA
Ensembles, please contact Dr. Benner. For more information about the
LSMSA Music Ensembles and/or other instrumental performing group opportunities
at LSMSA, please click here. The Mixed Ensemble will give their Spring
Concert with Chorale on May 4 at 3:00pm & May 5 at 6:00pm, in the CPT
Recital Hall. Please check back for further details.
Past concerts for Chamber, Wind and String Ensembles
Additional Concert Opportunities provided for LSMSA students
LSMSA Ensembles Original Compositions, Arrangements, and Transpositions
LSMSA's All-State and District II Ensemble Members
Composition Opportunities provided for LSMSA students
Ensemble Concert Invitations
Past Student Assistants to the Chamber/Wind Ensemble Director
Individual Student Recitals
Major Instrumental, Composition and Piano Students
Click here to see past recital programs.
At times, various students of Dr. Al Benner give a Junior or Senior Recital. Check back here during the year for further details.
To see past abstracts of completed distinction projects, please click here.
At times, various students of Dr. Al Benner complete the requirements to graduate with distinction. This is a rare occurrence for usually no more than about a 6-8 students a year complete this process throughout all the disciplines.
Total Concerts performed so far: 49
The goal of the LCC is to promote Louisiana talent throughout the state by playing works of living Louisiana composers and other guest composers who are significant figures in 20th century music. The LCC, which was founded in 1999 by Dr. Al Benner, also promotes current and recent Louisiana School faculty, students, and alumni. It is a way of not only giving something back to the Natchitoches and surrounding communities, but also to present fresh music and to show that contemporary music can also be fun to hear. To learn more about the LCC or to see past concerts, please click here.
The next LCC concert is scheduled for April 14, 2014 at LSMSA. Please check back for future details.
2013-14 National or Regional Conferences Invites
November 22-25, 2013
Crowne Plaza Executive Center
Baton Rouge, LA.
Represented LSMSA for students to attend
All-State Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.
Oct. 10-12, 2013
McNeese State University
Lake Charles, LA
Office Held: Board Member; Commissioning Chair
Presentation of 2013 Commissioned Composer
Ellene Owens session
11am-12pm; October 11, 2012
NACUSA National Conference
October 3-5, 2013
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
Office Held: National Advisory Council; ComposerUSA Editor
Shakespeare’s Musical Sonnets (2011, 2013)
Music to Hear (8) & Lips to Kiss (128)
for voice and piano
Lisa Benner, voice; Al Benner, piano
To see past conference invites, please click here.
Special Performances and Commissions
[Northwestern State University Music Faculty]
Open Ayre, a work for solo cello.
[organist and coordinator, Harvard's Memorial Church]
to write a new sacred motet (an anthem for 4-part SATB choir) for the Choral Fellows ensemble of the Harvard University (a select 16-person professional choir) for use at daily worship services and other events for which the ensemble sings.
to write a Prelude to attached to my already existing Fugue in C minor for inclusion on a CD of various organ music to be played by Carson Cooman.
Selected Past Commissions
(works completed and premiered)
On Mystical Wings (2011)
for violin and piano
(April 1-15, 2011; Baton Rouge, LA)
featuring Lin He, LSU faculty and ass’t concertmaster BR Symphony premiered April 13, 2011, Baton Rouge Community College, LA.
Dancin’ on the County Line
a work for string quartet and solo string bass to be played 8 times over the 2010 summer for the Young Children’s Library Series.
From the Hymnal
the 2009 LMTA Commissioning Composers Award for a piano duet to be premiered at the 2009 LMTA Conference in Lafayette, LA in October.
to write an arrangement for the Hudson Valley Brass Quintet of Handel’s “March” from the Occasional Oratorio to be played at the graduation ceremonies of the State University of New York at New Paltz on May 19 & 24, 2006 and at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY on May 28, 2006.
Psalm 117 (2007)
for SATB choir and piano
River Chorale; Alexandria, LA;
for woodwind septet
(flute, oboe, English horn,
2 clarinets, bassoon, contrabassoon)
Baton Rouge, LA;
December 9, 2007
for string orchestra
(Louisiana Sinfonietta Tenth Anniversary Commission)
Premiered January 12, 1992
A Concert of Distinguished Alumni Composers
Baton Rouge, LA;
The LSU 61st Festival of Contemporary Music
L to R: Dr. David Penri-Evans, Dr. Stephen
Selected Performances (con’t)
Dancin’ on the County Line (2011)
for saxophone quintet
NSU Saxophone Quintet
Dr. Paul Forseyth, director
April 28, 2011
for string orchestra
NSU Chamber Orchestra; Douglas Backenhaus conducting
October 15, 2010
for string quintet
June 9-17, 2010
for soprano sax and piano
MUSE Institute; Athens, GREECE
Theme and Variations based upon
by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
© 2004 by Peer International Corp.
Commissioned collaboratively by Louisiana's seven professional orchestras through the Louisiana Association of Symphony Orchestras (LASO).
Young People’s Discovery Concert Series
“One Louisiana—One Song”
Kermit Poling, conductor; Shreveport Civic Theatre
[Jan. 26, 2005; 9:30 am; Jan. 27-28, 2005; 9:30 & 11:00 am]
William Kushner, conductor; Rosa Hart Theatre
[April 10, 2005; 3:00pm]
Stuart Chafetz, guest conductor; Baton Rouge River Civic Theatre
[April 11-13, 2005; 9:30 & 11:00 am]
[April 12, 2005; 11:00 am—Carnegie Hall’s LinkUP! Program]
Stu Chafetz, conductor
[April 6, 2005; Greater Covington Center , 9:30 & 11am]
[April 26, 2005; Mahalia Jackson Theatre, 10 am]
[April 28, 2005; Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 9:30 & 11:00 am]
[May 4, 2005; Pontchartrain Center, 10:00 am]
[May 5, 2005; St. Bernard Civic Center, 10:00 am]
Myron Turner, conductor; Neville High School
[May 11, 2005; 10:00 am & 1:00 pm]
Side-by-Side Educational Concert
Joshua Zona, conductor; Coughlin Saunders Performing Art Center
[April 24, 2006; 9:30 am]
September 21, 2008
WRKF, 89.3 FM, public radio
for woodwind septet
Louisiana Sinfonietta Winds; Baton Rouge,
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