Music Department Chair and Vocal Music Director
Vocal Music Website (general information)
Choral Blog (practice materials, student resources)
Ms. Benson joined the CHS staff in 2006 after a fifteen year opera performance and teaching career in Europe and 5 years teaching experience at the university (Marquette, UWM) and professional level. She holds a Bachelor of Music - summa cum laude from St. Norbert College, Master of Fine Arts- magna cum laude from University of Minnesota and doctoral studies at Ohio State University. Also fluent in German, she has taught for FLAG of Cedarburg. Recent performances include leading roles with the Skylight Opera Theater, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra and the Racine Symphony Orchestra. She is also an active member of the Cedarburg Artists Guild, Wisconsin School Music Association and the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association. A much sought after teacher as well as performer, Ms. Benson has conducted seminars for the Skylight Opera Theatre Apprentice Artist Program and the First Stage/Skylight Summer Academy for young performing artists. Under her tuteledge, the CHS Choral program has participated in the London International Choral Festival, Heritage Music Festival in Chicago and as a choral partner performing with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Benson was named Outstanding Vocal Music Teacher of 2014 by the Civic Music Association.
Congratulations to the Music Department - 2013, 2014, 2015 NAMM Award winner and Best District for Music Education 2016 by the NAMM Foundation.