Benjamin Emory Larson is a multi-disciplinarian in music and theater. Nationally, he has composed commercial film scores for The International Justice Mission, World Relief, and The Justice Conference. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts (emphasis in playwriting) from Portland State University. His work has been nominated for three Portland Area Musical Theater Awards and performed by Nautilus Music-Theater, Kitsap Fringe Opera, Opera Bend, Cascades Theatrical Company, and 2nd Street Theater. He has worked on numerous operas and musicals throughout Oregon and Minnesota as a pianist/music director (Rent, Avenue Q, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), pit musician (A Chorus Line, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Spamalot), and performer (Sebastian in Disney's The Little Mermaid, Doctors in Next to Normal, Dick in Dames at Sea, Tesman in Hedda Gabler).
From 2010 - 2017 he worked as a Worship and Performing Arts Pastor at Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon. During his time in Bend he served as the board president of Cascades Theatrical Company, the oldest and largest theater company in the region, and also served on the board of directors for The Sunriver Music Festival, a professional classical music festival in Central Oregon staffed by players from major orchestras throughout the country.
In 2017, he relocated to the Twin Cities, where he was selected as a composer for Nautilus Music-Theater's nationally recognized Composer-Librettist Studio in St. Paul. In January 2018 his piece "The Lesson" won 3rd place in Source Song Festival's SongSLAM, an original art song competition. His latest piece Heroine was selected for The Minnesota Fringe Festival's inaugural Drafts and Draughts event in April 2018 and was performed as part of Nautilus Music-Theater’s Rough Cuts series in October 2018.
He is always composing, always telling stories, always loving his beautiful wife Erika, their fur babies Zelda and Leo, and the beautiful Twin Cities they call home.