Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative Commission

May 24, 2020

The Washington National Opera paired Ben with librettist and playwright Laura Fuentes to create a new opera for their American Opera Initiative Program. The work will be premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2021.

Playground Ensemble Commission

April 14, 2020

The Playground Ensemble will perform Ben's A (Short) Story of Earth for their Colorado Composer's Concert in February 2021. The ensemble also commissioned Ben to write a new work for their 2021 season. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the premiere's date is to be determined. 

Downbeat Award

for "Ymir's Bones"

April 15, 2020

Ymir's Bones won a best graduate composition award in the 2020 Downbeat Student Music Awards.