Benjamin Boone’s music has been performed in twenty-six countries, appears on twenty-five CDs, has been featured in film, and has been the subject of multiple national broadcasts on National Public Radio and Bayericher Rundfunk. His music has garnered over eighteen national/international honors and awards. Boone is currently composing a string quartet for the Verdi String Quartett (Germany), for presentation at their Festival Vielsaitig in Fussen, August 2016. Prior to this, he recently collaborated with U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Philip Levine on the blending of his narration of 29 of his poems with music. Guest artists on the CD include jazz legends Chris Potter, Tom Harrell, and Greg Osby, among others. Boone also used excerpts from Levine’s recorded narrations to form an amplified narrative for his new orchestral work, Waterless Music. This work features full orchestra plus two amplified 44 quartet containers of water. Waterless Music was premeiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles in June, 2015.
As a saxophonist, Boone has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe. His debut jazz CD, The Benjamin Boone Quartet: Live broke into the national airplay charts and remained in the top 100 for three weeks and was in the top ten for internet play. Saxophone Journal highlighted Boone’s playing in the article A Lesson With Benjamin Boone. He has recorded extensively for the renowned Bayerischer Rundfunk Studio Franken with German violinist/composer Stefan Poetzsch, including the Capstone Records CD, Eastbound-Westbound, the one-hour music special Delays, and an hour-long live broadcast from the 2012 Poeten Fest.
Boone is currently a Professor of Music at California State University Fresno where he has taught since 2000. He has received the University’s President’s Award of Excellence, the Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the University Faculty Spirit of Service Award. In addition to his duties as a faculty member, he is the Faculty Service-Learning Scholar for the University’s Richter Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning. Previously, Boone taught at the University of Tennessee, where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow to the Univeritatea de Stat “Alecu Russo” (Republic of Moldova), Boone’s research on speech from a musical perspective has been noted in Oxford’s The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and most recently in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. He has edited manuscripts of Music Theory texts for Schirmer/Wadsworth, McGraw Hill and Prentice Hall.