Originally from Raleigh, NC, Ben Still is an active solo and chamber musician throughout the United States. Currently, he serves on the faculties of UNC Charlotte and Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he teaches applied saxophone, chamber music, as well as courses in music theory and ear training. In the summer, Dr. Still serves on the faculty of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy.
As a soloist, Dr. Still was a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Solo Competition and the winner of the Texas Tech University Concerto Competition. As a chamber musician, he has been a prizewinner and finalist in numerous national chamber music competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the American Prize Chamber Music Competition, the ENKOR Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Winds Competition, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Quartet Competition.
Additionally, Dr. Still has performed and presented at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the International Saxophone Symposium, and Texas Music Educators Association Conference. He has performed with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, and the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra. As a jazz and commercial musician, he has performed in ensembles with solo artists such as Rodney Booth, Steve Lippia, John Riley, Bob McChesney, Rich Perry, Jim Riggs, Bill Watrous, and Ethan Helm.
Dr. Still holds the DMA and MM in performance from Texas Tech University, studying concert saxophone with David Dees and jazz improvisation and arranging with Stephen Jones. Prior to moving to Texas, he received his BM in performance from UNC Charlotte, where he studied with Will Campbell and graduated summa cum laude with honors.
Professionally, Dr. Still holds affiliations with Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the College Music Society, and the North American Saxophone Alliance. Dr. Still is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces exclusively.