Benjamin Chakoian Jones is the President and founder of The Nashville Chamber Music Series, taking the lead in bringing together the composers, performers, and hosts that make the series what it is. Professionally, Benjamin is the bass player for the Nashville-based band, Humming House, as well as a studio bass player, composer, and arranger. As a composer, Benjamin draws much from the greats of the 19th and 20th centuries, connecting particularly with Copland and Barber. In addition, he brings elements of styles he has come to love as a bass player, from the sonic richness of indie rock to the minimalistic intensity of punk and hip hop.
Patrick (BM. Belmont University, MM. Westminster Choir College) is our Vice President and Vocal Music Coordinator, putting together all choral and vocal recitals; he also conducts the Nashville Chamber Music Chorus. He is also the Assistant Director of Portara Ensemble. His compositions, which have been praised for their “lustrous sonic colors,” (ArtsNash) have been studied and performed by a range of ensembles and performers across the country, including Portara Ensemble, Canticum Novum at Westminster Choir College, sync|duo, the LaGuardia Girls Chorus, the Nashville Collegiate Orchestra, percussionist Daniel Kozlowski, bass Cody Muller, the Wedgewood Chorale, the September Foundation Chorus, and in several All-State and regional honor choirs. His works have been published by Colla Voce Music and GIA Publications, Inc. Visit patrickdunnevant.com for more information.
As an active member of the Nashville Composer Collective and a Coordinator and Secretary of the Nashville Chamber Music Series, Michael Quintana receives regular performances of his works within the Nashville community. Michael’s compositional output consists of music for film, orchestra, solo instrumental, and chamber ensemble. Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition and theory from Belmont University in May 2014. He has studied privately with Dr. Mark Volker, Dr. Bryan Clark and Dr. William Purcell. In March of 2014, Michael received the distinguished President’s award for his orchestral work, “Tunnel Vision,” which received it’s premier performance by the Belmont Symphony Orchestra. Michael Quintana’s concert and film music can be heard at michaelquintana.com.
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