D.M.A. Saxophone Performance - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
M.M. Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy - Kansas State University
B.M.A. Saxophone Performance - University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
(My performing artist web page for Conn-Selmer saxophones)
(New Music USA grant winner - commission of a new work for saxophone)
(I performed as a guest artist at this international festival this summer)
More opportunities to come soon!
Benjamin Cold is currently finishing his D.M.A. at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as a teaching assistant and performance fellow in saxophone and woodwind performance. Mr. Cold has received recognition as a gifted saxophonist and his performances include tours throughout the United States as well as Ireland, London, Canada and France. His most recent opportunities include being invited to perform at the 5th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France and the 2015 Electroacoustic Music Festival in New York City as a guest artist.
Benjamin Cold received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and his master's degree from Kansas State University in saxophone performance and pedagogy. During his studies, he performed as principal saxophonist, founded and led various chamber music projects, and premiered a large body of new music for the saxophone. His previous teachers include Minneapolis based saxophonist Greg Keel, Dr. Nancy McMillan, Dr. Anna Wytko, and the world renowned saxophonist and pedagogue, Dr. Eugene Rousseau. Mr. Cold expanded his studies to include conducting and teaching techniques under KSU Director of Bands, Dr. Frank Tracz and jazz band rehearsal techniques under Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Frederick Burrack. Additionally, Mr. Cold has had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of acclaimed composers including Don Freund, Ryan Laney, Christian Lauba, and Grammy Award winning composer, Libby Larsen.
As both a Conn-Selmer and E-Rousseau Mouthpieces endorsing artist, Benjamin Cold have given lectures, recitals and guest performances at various universities including, but not limited to, UW-River Falls, UW-Eau Claire, Kansas State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of North Texas, Drake University, Minot State University, and North Dakota State University. Mr. Cold has experience teaching in higher education, serving as the assistant quartet coach under Dr. Eugene Rousseau at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, his teaching experience includes the Kansas State University Summer Music Camp and the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI.
Benjamin Cold is an E. Rousseau Mouthpieces and Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist.