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Benjamin Whiting

Assistant Teaching Professor of Music

Office: Music Arts Center, room 206
Email: [[bdwhiting]]

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, DMA
Internationally award-winning composer Benjamin D. Whiting is perpetually seeking to find new and exciting ways in which technology can assist composers and performers by augmenting their expressive potential.

Whiting’s music has been described as “marvelously intriguing” and “evocative” in a recent review in Fanfare magazine, and is performed often around the globe. He has had performances and given talks on his electroacoustic work at festivals including ICMC, SEAMUS, NYCEMF, N_SEME, EMM, eviMus, EMUFest, TIES, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, USF New-Music Festival, TUTTI, CMS, and MUSLAB. He also continues to compose in a completely acoustic medium, having recently been commissioned by The Florida Orchestra and the University of South Florida to compose Bonn Chance, a piece for full orchestra celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

In addition to his activity as a composer, Whiting is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Null-state, Inc., an organization that strives to pave the way for the continued innovation and growth of electronic and electroacoustic music through its Chaosflöte project and research into new techniques in live coding. The organization also spreads the joy of electronically enhanced music making to all by giving lectures, workshops, and concerts at public institutions, such as the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, Eastern Florida State College, Wayne State University, and the Melrose Center. He has been the recipient of a New Music USA grant to further these goals.

Before arriving at William & Mary, Whiting served as Visiting Instructor of Composition and Electronic Music at the University of South Florida and as Postdoctoral Instructor of Electronic Music at the University of Chicago.