Bennie Clayton Caston Jr.
Style: Opera; Jazz; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Professor of Voice
Bio: A native of Liberty, Mississippi, Ben Caston is a graduate of William Carey College (1996) in Hattiesburg, MS, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Music (1998) and Doctor of Musical Arts (2005), each with an emphasis in church music and voice. He has completed additional graduate coursework in choral conducting through Westminster Choir College. Dr. Caston serves as Associate Professor of Voice and Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Programs of Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His oratorio performance experience includes Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Schubert’s Mass in G, Handel’s Messiah, Honneger’s King David, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with various choral societies, symphony orchestras, and colleges in Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina. Prior to his arrival at SWBTS, he was the Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Music and Fine Arts Division at Truett-McConnell College where he conducted Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Te Deum, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, Rutter’s Magnificat, and Rutter’s Requiem with the Community Choir and Orchestra. Since 1994 Dr. Caston has served churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas in music ministry. He is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, American Choral Directors Association, The Baptist Church Music Conference, and the Century Men. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, Clay and Sydney, and they live in Fort Worth.
Voice Type: Tenor
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Jazz; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I accept students through a college or university program