Dean, School of Arts and Communication
Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 1990
Master of Music in Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music, 1987
Bachelor of Music in Honors Piano Performance, The University of Western Ontario, 1986
Cameron Bennett has had an active and varied career as a performing musician, teacher, and arts administrator, having served in a diversified range of academic and artistic institutions. He is Dean of the School of Arts and Communication and Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. He joined PLU in 2010 after an eighteen-year tenure at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was professor and chair of one of the most respected liberal arts music programs in the nation. Dr. Bennett has held numerous administrative positions throughout his career, including: Executive Director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio; Chair of the Department of Music at OWU; and Executive Director of the MidAmerica Chamber Music Institute.
As a pianist, Cameron Bennett has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, and the Far East. He appears regularly with the Snake River Chamber Players in Keystone, Colorado and was a founding member of the Marble Cliff Chamber Players, an annual chamber music festival held in Columbus and Delaware, Ohio. He served for many seasons as chamber music performer and coach at the Victoria International Festival in Victoria, Canada, and as staff accompanist at The Juilliard School. He has taught previously at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and has given master classes at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, and the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei, Taiwan. His performances have been featured on WOSU-FM in Columbus, Ohnetio and in Taipei, on the Taiwan Television Network. Cameron continues to be in great demand as a collaborating pianist, having performed in recent seasons with pianist Cecile Licad in a duo-performance with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and with such notable musicians as cellists Zuill Bailley, William DeRosa, and Clancy Newman, clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Robert Spring, violinist Charles Wetherbee, and the St. Lawrence and Carpe Diem String Quartets.
Dr. Bennett, originally from Canada, received both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He also holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. He is a member of and holds the College Teacher Certification Diploma from the Music Teachers National Association, and is also a member of the College Music Society and Chamber Music America. Recently appointed by Governor Gregoire to serve as a Commissioner on the Washington State Arts Commission, Cameron is also a member of the Arts & Culture Grants Committee of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and previously served multiple terms as a Commissioner on the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission and on the executive boards of both the Music Teachers National Association and the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra.
He has studied piano with Constance Keene, Ronald Turini, Peter Katin, Robin McCabe, Pierre Souvairan, and Irina Kugucheva, and has studied chamber music with Harvey Shapiro, Lorand Fenyves and Raphael Bronstein. Bennett lives in Browns Point, Washington, with his wife, violinist/violist/composer Korine Fujiwara, and son, Julian.