Ben Schuhart been playing bassoon in the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra since 1991. Ben began studying bassoon in high school with Brent Rickman of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, now retired. At that same time he studied music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music Preparatory School as a scholarship student and earned a Comprehensive Music Certificate (1976). He continued his studies as a scholarship student at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music earning a BME degree (1980) and later an MME degree (1986) on full scholarship as a graduate assistant. Post graduate studies at Villanova University and University of the Arts in Music Technology and Instrumental Pedagogy. Ben has performed as a member of the Richmond Concert Band, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre Orchestra, Maryland Wind Symphony. He has also performed with the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Doc Severinsen, Al Jarreau, Tony Bennet and Nancy Wilson.
Ben currently works as a music educator in the Harford County Public Schools, a position he has held since 1990. He has been listed in the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” many times. He also plays saxophone and other woodwind instruments in the Blues in the Night Jazz Orchestra and is a member of the Grace Community Church Worship Team Band. Ben lives in Baltimore County, Md. with his wife, Karleen and son Alex. He breeds tropical fish as a hobby and has won an award from the C.A.R.E.S. institute for breeding the endangered African fish, Haplochromis Obliquidens, sp. 44.
“What I like most about being a member of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra is playing new or newly rediscovered music, meeting guest composers and playing with guest performers. My most memorable moment is playing with the SSO at Carnegie Hall in 2009.”