Benjamin SwanInstruments teach: Violin
May 1999 Bachelor of Arts(Music), Hampshire College
July 2000 "Jazz In July" University of Massachusetts
Spring 1998 Brhaddvani Center for the Music of the World, Madras, India
July 2005 Texas State University Suzuki Strings Institute(received Book 1 teacher training)
July 2006 Texas State University Suzuki Strings Institute(received Book 2 teacher training)
July 2009 Received Certificate in Dalcroze Eurythmics, Bogota Colombia
Experience in Musical Performance and Music Education:
February 2010 Performed at the Barranca Jazz Festival with The Benjamin Swan Quartet Barranca, Colombia.
August 2009-February 2010 Violin Instructor Academia de Musica Moderna Bucaramanga Col.
August 2009-February 2010 Violin Instructor Colegio Nuevo Cambridge, Bucara. Col.
August 2009 1st Violin Catorce Son Charanga, Bucaramanga Col.
December 2008-July 2009 Fiddle, Emmerson Biggins Band(studio/stage).
February 2008-July 2009 Violin, Quartet Felix(Studio/stage)
August 2008-July 2009 Violin instructor Blackerby Violin Shop, Austin.
August 2007-july 2009 Violin/fiddle instructor Clavier Werke School of Music, Austin
December 2007-July 2009 Fiddle player, Matthew Ballard Band. Recorded the group's second L.P., featuring Redd Volkeart and Cindy Cashdollar
November 2007-July 2009 Viper/Mandolin player for Ross Brunner Band
January 2006-August 2007 Fiddle player(Studio/Stage) for Leo Stokes and the Grifters
December 2005-2009 1st violin, Bethany Church Orchestra
November 2005-2009 1st violin(Studio/Stage), Fountainhead String Quartet
September 2006-2009 Violin/fiddle Instructor The Lonestar School of Music, Austin
August 2005 -August 2007 Violin/fiddle Instructor Albertson School of Music, Austin
April 2005-July 2009 Fiddle player for Texas Old Town Wranglers Trad. Country ensemble
June-July 2007 1st violin, pit orchestra, for the theatrical production Give Them A Chance
April 2005-2007 Electric violin(Studio/Stage) for with Hunki Dori, original rock ensemble
March 2005-2007 Studied with jazz violinist and educator Martin Norgaard
March 2004-2006 Violin/fiddle instructor at Lakeway Music and Arts Center, Austin Tx
1999-Present Taught beginner and intermediate level violin in Amherst Ma, Lima Peru, Bucaramanga Colombia and Austin Tx.
December 2003 Recorded original material and released album entitled The Benjamin Swan Quartet
June 2003-December 2003 Violin, Lima Jazz Quintet
April 2003 Attended the 12th annual International Jazz Festival in Lima
Sept 2002-April 2005 Performed and recorded with Concentric an Austin based fusion ensemble
May-2002-April 2003 Performed and recorded with Lazy Fingers an acoustic New Grass ensemble
April 2002 Attended the 11th international Jazz Festival in Lima
Fall 2000 Studied Jazz Violin with Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Chair of the Jazz Strings department at The New School in NYC.
July 2000 Attended "Jazz In July" an intensive improvisation workshop, instructed by The Turtle Island String Quartet, John Blake and Dr. Billy Taylor.
Summer 2000 First Violin, Urban Legends String Quartet, Western Massachusetts.
April 2000 First Violin, Symphony of Doom, a work for large amplified orchestra, by Tobias Driver, Which premiered at the South Hadley Amphitheater
December 1999 Violin, Composer, Autophysiopsychic Music a concert of original student works conducted by Dr. Yusef Lateef, University of Massachusetts.
Spring 1999 Conducted twenty piece rhythm and blues ensemble. Composed and arranged all charts, wrote Iyrics and performed amplified violin.
1981-1999 Trained with world renowned instructors in classical violin technique.