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Ben Neill

Ramapo Success Story

“Teaching at Ramapo has been a very rewarding experience for me. It’s great to be a part of Ramapo’s uniquely contemporary Music Program within the liberal arts environment of the college. Music has seen a lot of growth and success over the past few years, which is exciting. The new Les Paul Studio, which opened recently, is a major new addition to our facilities, and the campus musical community continues to develop through new performance ensembles, clubs and course offerings.

During my time at Ramapo, I’ve had the chance to work with many students in one-on-one/hands-on situations, including Independent Studies, Faculty Student Research, internship advisement and advising the Ramapo Music Club. Most recently, a student worked closely with me on the development of my art installation in the Pascal Gallery through a Faculty Student Research grant; previously several students participated in performance workshops of my electronic opera, “The Demo,” through the same program. Independent Study topics have included film music supervision, social media marketing strategies, intellectual property, music composition and computer music performance. Advisement is another way that I connect with students individually. I advise approximately 50 students per semester and try to help each one develop an individual path.”

Ben Neill is an Associate Professor of Music (with a focus on Music Industry and Music Production concentrations) and first joined Ramapo in 2008. For more information, please visit Ben’s Faculty Profile.

The School of Contemporary Arts

Recent Publications

Neill, Ben. Review of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire by Will Hermes. Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association 2012: 239-40. Print.

Ben Neill. Horizonal. Ben Neill, 2015. CD. Audiokult Recordings, Vienna, Austria.

Mimi Goese and Ben Neill. Songs for Persephone. 2011. CD. Ramseur Records, USA.

Awards and Accomplishments

2016 Performance of The Demo, a collaborative electronic opera with Mikel Rouse, Lied Center at University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
2016 Performance with vocalist Mimi Goese at BAM Cafe, Brooklyn Academy of Music
2016 Horizontal art exhibition with painter Andy Moses, Pascal Gallery, Ramapo College
2015 World premiere of The Demo, Stanford University Bing Concert Hall
2015 Performed The Second Dream by La Monte Young at Warsaw Autumn Festival, Festival d’Automne Paris, Dia Art Foundation New York City, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival UK
2015 Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art with vocalist Mimi Goese
2015 American Academy in Rome, visiting artist
2015 Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, project development residency for The Demo
2014 Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production fund (MAP) grant for The Demo, $46,000
2014 Performance at PS 1 MOMA
2014 New York State Council on the Arts commission grant for MANITOGA, a new work for brass quintet and live electronics
2014 Artist in Residence, STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014 Preview performance of The Demo, Krannert Center at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
2013 Performance at TedX Conference, Beacon, NY
2011 Performance at Lincoln Center Rubinstein Atrium with Mimi Goese
2011 Performance at Moogfest with Mimi Goese
2010 Performance of Persephone, a music theater work, at Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival


B.M., magna cum laude, Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, 1980.
M.M., Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH, 1982.
D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, 1986.

Classes Known For

Business of Music
DJ Culture
Music Online
Electronic and Computer Music II
Capstone Seminar in Music
Marketing and Management in the Music Industry
Avant Garde and Experimental Music
Digital Music Performance