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:

DMA in Composition from the University of Georgia
MM in Composition from the University of Georgia
BA in Instrumental Music Education from Nicholls State University

Courses:

MUS 105: General Music Appreciation
MUS 190/390: Symphonic Band
MUS 191/391: Marching Band/Basketball Band
MUS 432: Orchestration and Band Scoring

Bio:

Dr. Ben Robichaux is a highly motivated band director, educator and composer. As a composer, he aims to write accessible music that musicians and non-musicians alike can enjoy. His chamber works have been featured 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 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. He is published by Murphy Music Press, LLC and Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC and is affiliated with BMI. He is currently the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Nicholls State University.

Accomplishments:

Publications:

-As the Lights Go Out for Wind Ensemble and Electronics published by Murphy Music Press, LLC
-Surging Home for Wind Ensemble published by Murphy Music Press, LLC
-Gregorian Fantasy for Concert Band published by Murphy Music Press, LLC
-Open/Close for Saxophone Quartet published by Murphy Music Press, LLC
-Recurrence for Flute and Piano published by Noteworthy Sheet Music, LLC

Awards and Honors:

-2021 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award
-Honorable mention in the 1st Annual Barbara Buehlman Composition Competition
-Participant in the 2019 National Band Association Young Composer/Conductor Mentor Project -2018 James E Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers
-Two-time National Finalist in the Rapido! Composition Contest (2019 & 2021)