Dr. Benjamin Robichaux

Title: Director of Athletic Bands
Department: Music
Email: ben.robichaux@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-7055
Office Location: 101 Lindsley Hall

Education:

Dr. Robichaux received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition and a Master’s of Music in Composition from the University of Georgia where he studied with Natalie Williams, Leonard V. Ball, Peter Van Zandt Lane, Adrian Childs, and Emily Koh. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from Nicholls State University. Additionally, he has been involved in masterclasses and private lessons with Frank Ticheli, Mark Camphouse, Brian Balmages, Jesse Jones, Xi Wang, Melinda Wagner, Paul Koonce, Ben Hjertmann, David Ludwig, Pierre Jalbert, Ken Ueno, Nils Vigeland, Donald Crockett, George Tsontakis, Hannah Lash, Robert Cuckson, Jennifer Jolley, Joseph Dangerfield, Elliott McKinley, Luke Dahn, Robert Paterson and Mari Kimura.

Courses:

The 6th Man Basketball Band The Pride of Nicholls Marching Band The Colorguard

Bio:

Ben Robichaux (b.1991) is a dedicated composer who aims to write accessible music that musicians and non-musicians alike can enjoy. His philosophy on the band podium is one of keen rehearsal efficiency crafted to allow him to champion the staples of the band repertoire while simultaneously shining light on the works of living composers like himself. He is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana where he lives with his wife Alex and his son Oliver. After serving as a Lecturer and Audio Engineer for the Fine Arts Department at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Dr. Robichaux returned to Louisiana to teach band at Thibodaux High School as the Assistant Band Director. From there, he accepted a job as the Director of Athletic Bands / Assistant Professor of Music at Nicholls State University, his alma mater.

Accomplishments:

Dr. Robichaux’s music has been programmed at the International Saxophone Symposium, the National Gallery of Art, the Rapido! Composition Competition, the Alba International Music Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Society of Composers, Incorporated Student National Conference, the SEAMUS National Conference, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Electrobrass II Conference, the Society of Composers, Incorporated Region IV Conference and the NACUSA/SCI Snapshot Conference among others. His choir music has been performed by the Academy of Voices of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Dekalb Choral Guild of Atlanta, Georgia and the Repertory Singers of the University of Georgia. As a recipient of a James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers, his wind ensemble works have been performed across the United States. He was selected as a participant in the National Band Association Young Composers and Conductors Mentor Project, which included a recording and performance with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. While participating in this project, his principal mentor was composer Frank Ticheli. His work As the Lights Go Out for wind ensemble and electronics earned him an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2021. His middle school band piece Gregorian Fantasy was awarded honorable mention in the First Annual Barbara Buehlman Composition Competition. While a student, he was appointed to the Society of Composers, Incorporated student council where he helped implement initiatives that increased student member involvement across the United States. He is published by Murphy Music Press, LLC and Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC and is affiliated with BMI.