Our Music Director
Benjamin Gaughran BMus PGCE MA FRSM
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Benjamin began his musical studies as a pianist, spending several years as an accompanist for a variety of choirs and musical theatre companies as well as giving solo performances. During this time, he studied voice with British opera singer Margaret Preece and former BBC Singers member, Graham Titus. His performance as a singer have comprised both classical and musical theatre contexts, including the role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Artful Dodger in Oliver! Benjamin has enjoyed singing with many choirs including The City of Birmingham Choir, The Royal Holloway Chorus, and more recently, The University of Michigan Chamber Choir.
Benjamin earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Royal Holloway, University of London where he began his career as a choral conductor. Mentored by Rupert Gough, he was one of the first student conductors of the Royal Holloway Founder’s Choir and also conducted The Royal Holloway Early Music Ensemble and Singers. In addition to these and other university conducting positions, Benjamin has conducted a variety of community choirs, public school choirs, musical theatre companies and other ensembles across the United Kingdom. He has been fortunate enough to study with some of England’s finest choral conductors including Amy Bebbington, Manvinder Rattan and Sarah Tenant-Flowers. Here in Michigan, Benjamin has the distinct pleasure of studying choral conducting with Dr. Eugene Rogers.
Benjamin has held several musical posts within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has been church organist/pianist and Director of Music in congregations across the United Kingdom for nearly 20 years. Furthermore, he has been the music director for many national productions and conventions. Alongside these posts, Benjamin was the area music advisor for the Coventry and Canterbury areas of the Church where he trained music leaders and other music staff in the different congregations. Benjamin was recently appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music in Choral Conducting- an award held by a select number of people in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Inclusivity. Excellence. Inspiration.
Benjamin’s approach in his work as a choral conductor has always been to help all people feel included regardless of their musical experience or background. He sets high standards and strives for excellence in all the ensembles he leads. Through his methods he inspires those he works with to realize and achieve their potential.Benjamin is thrilled to be here in Michigan with his wife and four children. Concerning his appointment as Music Director of the Women’s Chamber Chorus, Benjamin said, “I am excited to be joining the Women’s Chamber Chorus. I look forward to making music with them and being able to give back to the wonderful community of Ann Arbor.”