Benjamin Bolden


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Dr. Benjamin Bolden, music educator and composer, is an assistant

professor of music education at Queen’s University. His research

interests include the teaching and learning of composing, community

music, and Web 2.0 technologies in education. As a teacher, Ben has

worked with pre-school, elementary, secondary, and university students

in Canada, England, and Taiwan. An associate composer of the Canadian

Music Centre, Ben’s works have been performed by a variety of

professional and amateur performing ensembles. Ben is editor of the

Canadian Music Educator, official journal of the Canadian Music

Educators’ Association/L’Association canadienne des musiciens


Asikathali   arr. Benjamin Bolden

SA    $2.35    CP 1129  - view the score

“It doesn’t matter if you jail us, we are free and kept alive by hope!” This rhythmic African freedom song is perfect for children’s or ladies’ choir.

Coventry Carol, The   arr. Benjamin Bolden

SATB    $2.25    CP 1082
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 4:30

Part of Ben's trilogy of Christmas carol arrangements, this piece plays puts the traditional tune on a slightly unusual meter, and thereby maintains movement in the piece.

Holly and the Ivy, The   arr. Benjamin Bolden

SATB    $2.50    CP 1081
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:00

This spunky arrangement requires some agility from the singers and your audience will love it.

I Saw Three Ships   arr. Benjamin Bolden

SATB    $2.35    CP 1080
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 2:15

This arrangement is of the less well known, but very playful alternate tune. It plays with numbers and meter, and is a very "fun" challenge for your choir.

Tread Softly   by Benjamin Bolden, poem William Butler Yeats

SATB    $2.35    CP 1407
(see the score while you listen)  duration - 3:30

Winner of the Choral Canada Composition Award (Diane Loomer Award) and premiered by the Canadian National Youth Choir at Podium in 2016, Ben really hit the sweet spot of meaningful and beautiful music for mixed choirs.    watch the youtube video here