Benjamin Thorburn is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC, where he conducts three vocal ensembles and teaches voice, music history, and choral conducting. He was previously on the faculty of Bluefield College in Virginia. Believing in the value of musical performance within a liberal-arts education, he has taught courses across the music curriculum for musicians and non-musicians.
Major works that Dr. Thorburn has conducted in collegiate performances include Messiah, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and Schubert’s Mass in G. As a singer and music scholar, he specializes in Baroque music and performance practice, and he has appeared as a recital and oratorio soloist throughout Virginia, the mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast. He and his wife, harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn, have given several recitals of songs for voice and harp.
Dr. Thorburn received the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Rochester and the Ph.D. in music history from Yale University. His principal teachers in voice have been Lielle Berman and Jane Günter-McCoy.