Benton Roark, Composer
The music of composer Benton Roark has been described as “visionary” (The Vancouver Sun), “ardent and soaring” (The National Post), and “an experience of deep and darkling beauty” (The Austin Chronicle). In recent years much of his work has focused on opera and music theatre, with full productions including Tapestry’s Bandits in the Valley (Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee), Vancouver Pro Musica/Tomoe Arts’ Shadow Catch, and Fugue Theatre’s Off Leash. Roark has also enjoyed acclaim as a bandleader and songwriter with projects like The Benton Roark Band, Rollaway (“backwoods choir elegance” The Georgia Straight), and Arkora (“the standout event of Vancouver’s spring music season” Vancouver Observer), whose Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge was nominated for a 2016 WCMA. Roark holds degrees from Oberlin College/Conservatory and the University of British Columbia, served as past President of Vancouver Pro Musica and Associate AD of Redshift Music, and taught at the Vancouver Academy of Music for a number of years before relocating to his current home of Toronto in 2019.