Ben Kapilow currently works as the Resident Music Director at the Media Theatre in Media, PA, music directing shows for their Broadway Series as well as their summer programs.
Ben began playing piano in elementary school, drums in middle school, and he began composing at age 14, taking lessons at a local music school with jazz composer Kris Davis and then at The Juilliard School with Daniel Ott at age 17. He continued his studies with Samuel Adler and Derek Bermel at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, on a Monroe C. Beardsley Fellowship.
Some highlights of Ben's compositional endeavors have included a choral piece commissioned by the University of Scranton Singers, an electronic piece which was played for two consecutive years at the Jack O'Lantern Blaze Festival in Hudson Valley, New York, a collaboration with a Philadelphia-based rapper named Gabe Starky, composing incidental music for the American Thymele Theater's production of Hecuba, and writing variations on "Happy Birthday" for Symphony Number One, a new music ensemble based in Baltimore.
One of Ben's biggest interests, however, is writing music for children, as he has written several children's chorus pieces that have been performed by about 40 elementary and middle school vocal and instrumental groups. The Media Theatre has premiered "Peter and Wendy: A New Musical," for which he wrote the music and lyrics, and "The Jungle Book" for which he composed the music. "Peter Pan and Wendy" won "Best New Work" in the 2016 Broadwayworld Philadelphia Awards. The Media Theatre will also premiere "Alice in Wonderland," for which he will write the music and lyrics, in Spring 2017.
Active in education, he has worked as a Songwriting Teacher at the Media Theater in Media, PA, Lead Songwriting Instructor for Groove LLC, Piano Teacher at the Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, PA and for the Meridee Winters School of Music in Ardmore, PA, the teacher of a Music Composition Software class at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA, a Music Program Assistant at the Roundhouse Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland, Teaching Assistant to an EPGY course called "How Music Works" at Stanford University, and as a Composition Assistant at the New York Summer Music Festival. Relatedly, he has extensive experience with musical theater, as he has worked as a Music Director and accompanist for the Media Theater and as a Music Director for the Mother of Providence School in Wallingford, PA and the St. Pius X School in Broomall, PA.
In 2017, he received an M.M. in Music Composition from the Peabody Conservatory, also completing their K-12 Vocal Music Certification program and graduating with Pi Kappa Lambda distinction. In 2013, he received a B.A. in Music and Psychology from Swarthmore College, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa distinction.
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