Ben Blasko

A Pennsylvanian native, Benjamen Blasko has gained national acclaim as a conductor, composer, and recording engineer. As a conductor, Ben has been invited to conduct performances and lead master classes across the United States. More recently Ben is a founding member of the Agora Brass Ensemble. An ensemble made up of graduate students and music educators from across the country devoted to exposing and developing music for the brass medium. Ben received his Bachelors of Science in Music Education from Messiah College with a focus on Trumpet, his Masters of Arts in Wind Conducting from IUP, and has been awarded a teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas in Wind Conducting in the fall of 2015. Ben has also completed courses in conducting at UNLV. Ben's primary conducting teachers include Dr. Brad Genevro, Dr. William Stowman, Dr. Timothy Dixon, Thomas Leslie, Dr. Jack Stamp, Linda Tedford, and Eugene Corporon. As a recording engineer, Ben's work speaks for itself. He has been involved in the recording, editing, and mastering processes for many world-class organizations including the IUP Wind Ensemble, the Messiah College Wind Ensemble, Dr. William Stowman, Mark Clodfelter, Tromba Mundi, the Agora Brass Ensemble, the Keystone Wind Ensemble, Covalence, and the Messiah College Concert Choir. For the past seven years Ben has studied recording techniques with Grammy Award winning engineer, Bruce Leek. As a composer Ben has had great success. Ben's writing encompasses many mediums including orchestra, wind band, jazz ensemble, brass ensemble, marching band, choir, and contemporary music ensembles. His works have been performed all across the United States, including but not limited to, Tromba Mundi, the Messiah College Wind Ensemble, the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band, the IUP Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, Bravo Brass, the Agora Brass Ensemble, and the United States Navy Band. In addition his works have been performed at multiple All-State Conferences, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and various other national events. Ben has studied composition with Bruce Yurko, Jack Stamp, Mike Harcrow, and has had correspondences with former composer in residence with the Atlanta Symphony, Alvin Singleton.