resident composer


Benjamin Shirey is an American composer currently residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He received a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition in 2010 from University of North Texas and a MA in Music Composition in 2016 from the same university. His mentors include Jon Nelson, David Stout, Joseph Klein, Paula Gaetano-Adi, Cindy McTee, David Bithell, Andrew May, and Panayiotis Kokoras. Benjamin’s work is often inspired by acoustical phenomenology, art teleology, and the epistemology of music itself, expressed through a variety of forms such as installation art, experimental opera, and intermedia performance. His compositional work often explores the use of various techniques including textural counterpoint, aleatoricism, algorithmic generation, and gestural composition.