Ben Kapilow has served as the Resident Music Director for the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts since Summer 2017. In this position, he has music directed hundreds of performances of over 15 shows for their Broadway, Teen, and Children's programs.
Ben began playing piano in elementary 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.
As a composer, his works have been performed by Symphony Number One, the Great Noise Ensemble, Trio Ex Animo, the University of Scranton Singers, the Swarthmore College Orchestra, and at the Jack O'Lantern Blaze Festival in Hudson Valley, New York for two consecutive seasons. He also composed incidental music for the American Thymele Theater's production of Hecuba.
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 seven of his children's musicals, including "Princess and the Pea" for which he wrote the script, score, and lyrics. His children's musical "Peter Pan and Wendy" which won "Best New Work" in the 2016 Broadwayworld Philadelphia Awards and was additionally performed at the American Contemporary Theater of Connecticut in Summer 2018.
Active in education, he has worked as a 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. Before working at the Media Theatre, he served similar capacities as the Music Director for the Mother of Providence School in Wallingford, PA and the St. Pius X School in Broomall, PA. He currently holds PreK-12 Music Teacher Certification for the state of Maryland.
In 2017, he received an M.M. in Music Composition from the Peabody Conservatory, 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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