Benjamin Ebener is director of admissions and scholarship at the Michigan State University College of Music. He provides leadership for the recruitment and admission of prospective undergraduate and graduate students and participate as a member of the College executive leadership team.
Ebener earned the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from Illinois Wesleyan where he studied bassoon, minored in oboe and performed in various ensembles on saxophone. He continued his studies in the Master of Music degree in Multiple Woodwind Performance at Florida State University where he also started his admissions career.
As an advocate of school and community music, Ebener has used his administrative skills to bring the first national performing arts college fair to Southern and Central Michigan. The Michigan Performing Arts College Fair was started, in partnership with the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, in October 2018. This fair brought nearly 1,000 students and attracted over 50 top performing arts schools throughout the nation, including Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman, and many others. Although currently on hold for 2020 due to the health crisis, this highly successful college fair is planned to resume in 2021.
In his spare time, Ebener continues to be an active performer and teacher throughout Jackson county. He can be seen in community ensembles, musical pit orchestras, and teaching woodwinds in public schools.