Benjamin Greene, Conductor
Benjamin Greene has been Music Director/Conductor of the Lakes Region Symphony since 1999. Under Ben's leadership, there has been a renewed enthusiasm for the LRSO in the Lakes Region and this is evident in the increased audience size and the overall size of the orchestra. Ben has brought exciting programming and soloists to the orchestra and with the addition of the Annual Holiday Pops concert and Family Concert has transformed the group into exhilarating community orchestra.
Ben began his teaching career in the Lakes Region teaching music at Winnisquam Regional Middle School from 1983-1986. In 1986, Ben moved to the Concord School District and worked as the Teacher of Strings for the Concord School District elementary schools and conducted both the Middle School and High School Orchestra. The string program under his leadership grew in size and the performing groups under his direction received numerous superior ratings in State and National Music Festivals. Ben was named the Performing Arts Coordinator for the Concord School District in 1999 and continued in that role until 2009. In 2009, Ben was named Assistant Principal at Concord High School and this past spring was named Interim Principal of Beaver Meadow Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.
In 2009 Ben retired after 20 years as the Conductor of the New Hampshire Youth Symphony. In addition to conducting the Lakes Region Symphony Ben also conducts the Concord Community Chorus in its annual performance of Messiah each December and is the Director of Music at Wesley Methodist Church in Concord NH. Ben also has conducted Honors Ensembles in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Ben has taught String Methods at Keene State College and also taught Double Bass at St. Paulís School, Concord Community Music School and the Manchester Community Music School. Ben is also active as a performer as he has performed with the Granite State Symphony, Lakes Region Symphony, and Great Waters Music Festival and was Principal Double Bass and Assistant Conductor of the NH Philharmonic from 1989-1999. In addition, he works as a freelance jazz musician in the New England region with various jazz groups.
In 1997 Ben was named NH String Teacher of the Year and in 2002 was named New Hampshire Music Teacher of the Year. He is past president of both the NH String Teachers Association and NH Music Educator's Association. Ben and his wife Faith have five children and live in Concord NH.