Martín Benvenuto, tenor, has appeared as a soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Cantata BWV 61, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Schubert’s Mass in Eb, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra, and others with numerous groups including the San Francisco Choral Society, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and the Princeton Society. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Benvenuto sang with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic under the batons of Kurt Masur, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Helmuth Rilling, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Joseph Flummerfelt.
Benvenuto has coached under Dalton Baldwin, Gérard Souzay, Glenn Parker, Helen Yorke, and Martha Gerhardt, and has studied voice privately with Penelope Bitzas and James Toland. In addition to leading active private voice studios in Princeton, Boston, and San Francisco and Oakland, Dr. Benvenuto has been on the staff of the following organizations as a vocal instructor: Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir (Director of Vocal Development), Contra Costa Children’s Chorus, Encore Music Summer Camp at Wilkes University, PA, Roxbury High School, NJ, and Miramonte High School, Orinda, CA. He has also served as artistic director for the Peninsula Women’s Chorus in Palo Alto and WomenSing in the East Bay, and is founding artistic director of 21V.
Benvenuto holds a D.M.A. in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones and the late Robert Shaw. He earned his master’s degree from Westminster Choir College, majoring both in both Choral Conducting and in Voice Performance and Pedagogy. Fluent in English and Spanish, he is also proficient in Italian, German, and French, and has piano accompanying skills and experience.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING
“Martín helped me build ease and depth of sound in my singing. He came up with creative exercises to help me access new aspects of vocal production, and then helped me to bring those qualities into the repertoire.”
“Martín enabled me to make significant progress in a relatively short time. He is also warm, witty and down to earth, making each lesson a pleasure.”
"He is encouraging, while pushing me to improve and work on undoing bad habits. I love the Zoom format as I can see myself, and with Martin’s tutelage, quickly adjust my posture and head position."
"Death, be not proud" from Britten The Holy Sonnets of John Donne
"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Misérables
"Et incarnatus est" trio from Schubert Mass in Eb Major