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Benjamin Tarne is a young creative upcoming composer in the Bay Area whose music is articulate and engaging.  He has written for a wide variety of ensembles and styles including  chamber, symphony, big band and electro-acoustic.  His music has been described as, “full of imagery and vast soundscapes.” (Pacifican) 

Mr. Tarne’s work Jekyll & Hyde for unaccompanied violin was recently accepted to the College Music Society Central Pacific Chapter Conference.  This work was featured in the conference program in March, 2007.  He was also recently selected as s finalist at the 21st annual California State University Student Research Competition where he presented Jekyll & Hyde for solo violin:  Compositional techniques used to create contrasting characteristics from a single sonic source.  He has had works read by Earplay, a San Francisco based contemporary music ensemble.  Mr. Tarne is also active in the commercial industry as a consultant and composer.  He has scored music and consulted with Rhythmium Games a Bay Area software company.    

As a performer he has played trombone with the Central Valley Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall, the Stockton Symphony, and the University of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.  He has also worked with Dave Brubeck's longtime conductor/producer Russell Gloyd, and conductor Peter Jaffe.  He recently played trombone in the Pacific Player's Club production of Urinetown.

Benjamin Tarne has a B.M. in composition from the Conservatory of Music at the
University of the Pacific, where he studied with Francois Rose and Robert Coburn.  He is currently pursuing a M.A. in composition from San Francisco State University where is studying with Ronald Caltabiano, Richard Festinger and Josh Levine.