Mr. Benjamin Van Vliet
Violin, Viola Teacher
Benjamin Van Vliet graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Music and holds a Masters degree in Violin Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied violin with Elizabeth Chang and viola with Kathryn Lockwood.
Ben is the Executive Director of the Upper Valley Music Center, where he teaches Suzuki violin, chamber music and fiddle. Ben has registered Suzuki teacher training with Teri Einfeldt at the Hartt School of Music, Nancy Lokken, Alice Joy Lewis, Doris Preucil, Thomas Wermuth, Ronda Cole, and Michele Higa George, and audited with Allen Lieb.
Ben studied chamber music as part of the Graduate String Quartet program at UMass Amherst and as a recipient of the Lark Chamber Music Award has performed in concert with the Lark Quartet. Ben is a founding member of the Bahn Quartet and has been a guest artist with the Lighthouse Chamber Players. On baroque violin, Ben has performed with the Folger Consort in Washington D.C.
In addition to his love of classical music, Ben plays fiddle for contra dances from time to time.