Dr. Mary Beth Bennett is a recognized performer, composer and improviser living in historic Richmond, Virginia. She serves on the adjunct music faculty of the University of Richmond where she is staff accompanist and teaches music courses when needed. As well, she is the Organist/Choirmaster of Seventh Street Christian Church.
The winner of numerous awards in performance and composition, she recently served as a judge for the national women’s composition competition of the Association of Anglican Musicians, as judge for the American Guild of Organists International Year of the organ competition, as well as judge for the AGO Region III organ performance competition. Having held positions in Washington at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, at St. Patrick’s-in-the-City, and as Ceremonial Organist for the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C., she holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Stetson University, the Staatliche Hochschüle fur Musik (Cologne, Germany), and the University of Southern California. Her teachers have included David Craighead, Paul Jenkins, Paul Manz, Michael Schneider, Ladd Thomas and Cherry Rhodes. Her primary composition teacher has been James F. Hopkins.
Her albums have garnered critical acclaim, and her performances and compositions have been featured on NPR's Pipe Dreams with Michael Barone. Her compositions are published by Augsburg-Fortress, Concordia, Broadman, National, and World Library of Sacred Music publishing Companies.