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Dr. Benjamin Shute

Dr. Benjamin Shute

Dr. Benjamin Shute,
Institute Co-director, Upper Strings
Early Summer Music Institute Co-Directors


Benjamin Shute began performing professionally on period instruments as a teenager. After an introduction to historically informed performance at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, he studied at the New England Conservatory and the conservatories of Freiburg and Frankfurt, where his principal teachers included Rainer Kussmaul (first concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Baroque Soloists) and Bernhard Forck (concertmaster, AKAMUS Berlin).

He has appeared in recital internationally with harpsichordist Anastasia Abu Bakar as the Highlands Duo, served for three years as co-founding director of the New England Conservatory Early Music Society, and collaborated with such period-instrument ensembles as the Handel & Haydn Society, Grand Harmonie, Ars Viva Freiburg, Brandywine Baroque, and the Raritan Players, with whom he performs on the CD “In Sara Levy’s Salon” (Acis Productions).

As a modern violinist, he has performed concertos from the 18th to 20th centuries with orchestras in the States and Europe and served as concertmaster of ensembles including the Boston Chamber Orchestra and Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Publications include the book Sei Solo: Symbolum? The Theology of J. S. Bach’s Solo Violin Works (Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2016) and various editions for PRB Productions, including J. S. Bach’s youthful G-minor fugue for violin and continuo BWV 1026 (jointly with Anastasia Abu Bakar) and critical reconstructions of Bach’s lost D-minor violin concerto BWV 1052R and incompletely surviving D-major sinfonia BWV 1045, which have been performed by artists including Leila Schayegh (Schola Cantorum Basel) and Ábrahám Márta (Liszt Academy Budapest).

His compositions have been heard in the States and abroad at venues including the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. A dedicated teacher, he has taught at summer festivals in the States, Europe, and Japan and held posts at Dickinson College, Cairn University, Cecil College, and Oklahoma Baptist University before assuming his current position at Oklahoma City University.

Contact Information

Room A208
Bass Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106