Benjamin Hansen, Director

Doctoral Student in Choral Conducting

School of Music

Benjamin Hansen is the founder and artistic director of The Helios Ensemble, the artistic director of the Faculty/Staff choir at the University of Arizona, and Chancel Choir director at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church. Hansen received his BA from Yale, singing in “The Whiffenpoofs,” his MM in voice from The Catholic University of America, his MM in conducting from The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Arizona.  Hansen has studied conducting with Mark Gibson, Jerry Blackstone, Bruce Chamberlain, Fiora Contino, Robert Sund, Marguerite Brooks, Leo Nestor, Giselle Becker, Brett Scott, Earl Rivers, and Elizabeth Schauer.  He was a Conducting Fellow at the Chorus America Conducting Symposium in 2010, Houston, TX; and, he founded and directed the Washington Collegium, in Washington, D.C., conducting Howell’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Exultate Deo. Hansen was the director of choral activities at Cincinnati State College, directing the Cincinnati State Chorale, conducting Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, the national anthem at a Cincinnati Reds Game, and set of spirituals for the World Choir Games in 2012.