A native of Long Island, New York, Benjamin Firer is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra Full Orchestra in State College, PA. He also directs the Penn State Campus Orchestra and serves as Assistant Conductor of the Penn State Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein.
Benjamin holds a master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music where he was Conductor of the Yale Saybrook College Orchestra and served as Teaching Assistant for graduate music theory courses. As a trombonist, Benjamin was the winner of the 2012 Woolsey Concerto Competition, the 2011 Yale Chamber Music Competition and a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He was a featured performer in Yale in New York series "De Profundis" at Carnegie Hall. As founder of the Aries Chamber Ensemble, he was awarded the 2010 SUNY Thayer Fellowship in the Arts.
Other conducting experiences include the National Music Festival, New Music New Haven and New York Youth Symphony. He has attended workshops at The Juilliard School, the University of Michigan, Waterville Valley Music Center and Beyond the Baton Seminar studying with Otto-Werner Mueller, Kenneth Kiesler and David Effron.