B.A., Vassar College
Ben Krauss is the choral director and the chair of the Performing Arts department at Morristown Beard School. In addition to leading the school's various singing groups, he also serves as the music director for the Upper School and Middle School musicals each year.
Prior to working at MBS, Ben was an active conductor, pianist, and arranger in the New York City metropolitan area. He served on the music team for two Broadway musicals – The Addams Family and The Mystery of Edwin Drood – and has had music directed at regional theaters across the country, including North Shore Music Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and Florida Studio Theatre. As an orchestrator, Ben’s work has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). He has accompanied a multitude of singers, including Tituss Burgess, Kristen Chenoweth, and Andrew Rannells.
Ben is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and has had his songs performed at 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and the Duke at 42nd Street. He received his B.A. in music at Vassar College and his M.A. in Composition at The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
Ben is pleased to take the skills that he has developed in the professional theater and music world, and use them to help Morristown Beard students as they develop original musical theater pieces, create band arrangements for the school’s Contemporary Music Workshop, and learn to perform all types of music in front of audiences at MBS and beyond.