Ben Bolter is an extremely versatile conductor that specializes in a variety of styles. He devotes a large part of his career to contemporary music and constantly explores new ways to conduct and perform. Ben made his conducting debut in June 2008 with the National Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim in the Washington Post: “Bolter spotlighted the showiest aspects of Enensco’s Romanian Rhapsody #1 and made it look easy.”
After finishing his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University in 2008, Ben was immediately hired by the university to teach graduate conducting classes, direct the all campus orchestra, and manage the Conductors Orchestra. He also regularly collaborated with composers, visual artists, dancers and other performers in Indiana. During this time, he joined forces with composer Jeremy Podgursky and formed HOLOGRAPHIC, a contemporary music ensemble and series which targets alternative venues and public schools to create a strong awareness of new music in the central community.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Music in oboe performance at New England Conservatory (NEC), Ben apprenticed to Michael Morgan and served as a staff conductor for the Oakland Youth and San Francisco Community Music Center orchestras. At age 22, Ben attended the Aspen Music festival as a fellow for the American Academy of Conducting (AACA) where he assisted Harry Bicket in the production of Cavalli’s Giasone. He was also conductor for numerous programs with the AACA orchestra.
Ben has participated in numerous masterclasses and workshops with renowned conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, David Zinman, Murry Sidlin, James DePreist and Michael Morgan and studied with conductors David Effron and Thomas Baldner at Indiana University.
In addition to his work as a conductor, Ben is also an active keyboardist /songwriter. He has been a member of both cover and original bands and has performed in venues all over Indiana, as well as Chicago. He currently resides in Chicago, IL where he serves as artist faculty for Roosevelt University, regular guest at DePaul University, Director of Orchestras at the Merit School of Music, Artistic Director of The People’s Music School Youth Orchestras (El Sistema Chicago), Principal Conductor of NEC’s Festival Youth Orchestra and co-founder/principal conductor of HOLOGRAPHIC.