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Ben Milstein is a pianist, composer and teacher with a wide range of musical interests and experience. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he teaches piano privately as well as at the Hoffman Academy. Ben serves as accompanist for Satori Men's Chorus, the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship choir and Shine Community Children's Chorus. In addition he has performed with other local organizations such as Cascadia Composers and Portland Chamber Orchestra. Ben has also been a producer of underground electronic music for many years and has vinyl releases of his original music on a number of international record labels.

Ben's approach to music is open-ended and favors creativity, improvisation and the use of technology, but always sustains a firmly rooted belief in the importance of musical fundamentals. This attitude reflects the beliefs and encouragement of the music teachers that he was lucky enough to have at an early age.

Ben has studied the Taubman approach to piano with Robert Durso (Co-Founder and Senior Director of the Golandsky Institute) since 1986. He has also studied with Edna Golandsky, John Bloomfield and Deborah Cleaver, all Golandsky Institute faculty.

In 2001 Ben received his M.F.A. in New Media Composition from the California Institute for the Arts (Valencia, CA) where he studied with Morton Subotnick, Mark Trayle and Tom Erbe. In 1997 he earned his B.A. in Composition from Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) where he studied with Joan Tower, Daron Hagen and Richard Teitelbaum. Ben also attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music (Oberlin, OH) where he studied Trumpet Performance with Byron Pearson.

He has been on the faculty of the University of Westminster Summer School program in London and Toni Morrison's Atelier program at Princeton University. Ben also served as Teaching Assistant for Music Theory, Ear Training and Composition classes at both Bard College and CalArts, and founded an after school Composition program for high school students while pursuing his studies at CalArts. He has also been a Teaching Assistant at the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium at Princeton University.

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