Benjamin T. Berman is currently the music director of First Reformed Church in New Brunswick. He received his MM in Vocal Performance in 2012 from Mason Gross School of the Arts under soprano Judith Nicosia. He received a BM, summa cum laude, in 2010 from MGSA, studying under tenor Frederick Urrey. Ben is a qualified voice teacher, with 4 years of choral directing experience. While most of his experience is in conducting sacred music groups, he is knowledgeable in the secular choral music repertoire.
He simultaneously organized, conducted, and played the harpsichord at three large-scale performances of cantatas by J. S. Bach (BWV 62, BWV 80, and BWV 180). These projects, and others, were accomplished in his tenure as the music peer minister for Rutgers Protestant Campus Ministries from 2007-2012.
As an experienced music director, he has organized concerts at First Reformed Church for fundraising, has taken on the administration of the music program, and has increased the membership in the church choir. He is also the conductor of the Rainbow Children’s Choir, which he started alongside Cantor Anna Ott in January 2011.
Ben plays piano, harpsichord and organ. He is also qualified in the lyric diction of six languages (besides English), and has focused much of his research on Jewish music, Czech music, and early (Baroque) music.
Ben is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the New York Singing Teachers Association, and the College Music Society.
To read more about Ben, visit his website at www.benjamintberman.com