About Me

Benjamin Fowler with his amazing wife, Rachel and their four wonderful children on the IU campus, Bloomington, IN Fall 2020.

Scholar and pianist, Benjamin Fowler hails from Richland, WA and Helena, MT. His performance studies were completed at the University of Montana (B.M. 2007) and University of South Carolina (M.M. 2009). While at U of Montana he was named “Winner” of the Concerto/Aria competition (2006) playing Liszt’s Totentanz with the school's symphony orchestra.

As a member of the Blue Mountain Piano Trio his group was named “Winner” of the Northwest Division in the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition (2006-7) and competed at the national competition in Toronto, Canada.

Additional performance studies were done at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina where Ben spent three summers in intense music study in solo and chamber music. He includes among his teachers: Scott Price, Andrew Cooperstock, Marina Lomazov, and Margie Fowler.

Ben is also an adjudicator for festivals and competitions. His adjudication experience includes the Ellensburg Sonatina Festival, Richland School District Solo and Ensemble, and the Southwest Sonatina Festival in Yuma, AZ.

As a music scholar Ben studied historical musicology at Northwestern University (M.M. 2015) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Indiana University’s famed Jacobs School of Music. While at IU he filled the position of Associate Instructor in the undergraduate music history sequence and Instructor of Record for M501 graduate survey in music history. Ben regularly conducts archival research and has been awarded over $5,000 dollars in research grants to pursue his scholarly projects in Mexico City where he has visited archives in 2007 and 2018. Ben was also awarded a Research Fellowship by Indiana University (IU) - Mexico Gateway and will complete a six week residency at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) in the Spring of 2022.

Recently, Ben was given the Freda and Walter Kaufmann Prize in Musicology (2021-2022) by the Department of Musicology in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

His scholarly interests include music in Mexico, Richard Wagner, eighteenth-century instrumental music, Music in the Americas, and music under the totalitarian state. His dissertation will center on an important nineteenth-century composer, Melesio Morales and the institutionalization of music national traditions at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City and the implications of hybridity.

Other interests include spending time with his family, running, playing chess, Harry Potter, reading and writing about music, and dreaming about living in a tropical paradise--which he believes is an earthly representation of heaven. :-)