Benjamin HardingDean, School of Music

Professor; Dean, School of Music

  • DMA, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MMus & Professional Studies Certificate, Manhattan School of Music, 2005
  • BS in Bible & BMus, Cairn University, 2002

Benjamin Harding serves as dean of the School of Music at Cairn University.  He teaches piano, music and worship, and church history.

From 2012-2014, Dr. Harding served as associate professor of piano at Cairn, director of outreach programs, and director of the Cairn Community Arts Academy. In 2013, he was instrumental in the merger of Cairn’s Community School of Music and the Hilltown Creative Arts Academy, forming the Cairn Community Arts Academy – a program serving over 120 students in a variety of arts and music programs. As director of outreach programs at Cairn, he initiated a residency with the Ying String Quartet and developed the Cairn Choral Festival alongside the Cairn Choral Music Educators’ Collective.

Prior to being at Cairn, Dr. Harding served on staff at the Hartt School of Music and as a teaching assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was awarded Distinguished Teaching Assistant by the Graduate Arts and Sciences School.

Benjamin Harding began his study of piano at the age of five, competing in a variety of festivals and competitions from an early age. He completed the performance requirements for the Associateship Degree of the Royal Conservatory of Music while in high school and has appeared on CBC radio. In his home province of New Brunswick, Canada, he has been awarded numerous arts awards. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and recently in Europe. He has collaborated with cellists Michael Katz and Kangho Lee, violinists Anthea Kreston and Benjamin Shute, and violist Clark Potter. His primary piano teachers include Juanita Spragg, Carol O’Neil, Samuel Hsu, Nina Svetlanova, and Bradford Gowen.

Dr. Harding has a passion for the church and its music. Since 2008, he has been director of music ministries at Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Newark, DE. In addition to serving as organist, he oversees the entire music program which includes choirs, bell choirs, worship band and ensemble, an extensive concert series, music ministry internship program and musical educational opportunities for the community. Prior to coming to Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Benjamin served at Grace Church in Hartford, CT, as director of music and youth pastor.

Benjamin serves on the piano and conducting faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music. He is a frequent guest conductor and clinician for high school choir, band, and orchestra festivals, as well as a featured conductor at the recent Fanwood Choral Festival. He is married to Marji (Manz).  They have four children: Karsten, Jonathan, Micah, and Clara.

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Academic Specialties & Interests:

  • Piano

Teaching at Cairn since 2012

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