Randall Benway Assistant Director and Accompanist
In addition to being assistant director to the chorus since 2009, Randall Benway is a distinguished, multiple-award-winning pianist in his own right.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Randy was accepted at the age of 10 as the youngest piano student of Theodore Lettvin, and later as a student of Arthur Loesser and Eunice Podis. While in Cleveland, he collaborated in piano concerto performances with conductors James Levine and Robert Shaw.
While an undergraduate student at Hartt College of Music in West Hartford, Conn., he was the four-year recipient of the Alfred C. Fuller Scholarship. He received a
master of music (piano) degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied piano with Gyorgy Sandor and Louis Nagel, and composition with William Bolcom.
Randy has spent considerable time in Europe, including living for two years in London while studying piano with Balint Vazsonyi, and living in Fontainebleau, France, while studying composition with Nadia Boulanger. He performs in the United States, Europe and China as a soloist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. He is a founding member of the Redwood Trio and former president of The United States Open Music Competition.
Randy is a sought-after accompanist and coach for pianists, opera singers and instrumentalists, and spends a considerable amount of time in China playing concerts, judging piano competitions, and giving master classes in Yantai, Kunming, Dalian, Weifang, Xiamen, Chengdu, and most recently Beijing.