Ithaca College School of Music
Dr. Benavidez was the first tubist to receive both the New Horizons Fellowship and the Orchestral Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, where he was a student for six summers. He has performed with the Symphoria (Syracuse) Symphony, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and Detroit Civic Orchestra, among others. As a solo artist, he has performed in recital at the United States Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Workshop, has performed as a featured soloist with the Aspen Music Festival Percussion Ensemble, and was the winner of the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, where he performed the Vaughan Williams Concerto for Tuba with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra. Dr. Benavidez has also been a prizewinner at several national and international competitions. Dr. Benavidez can be heard as the tuba soloist on the album Raise the Roof (Equilibrium) performing with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and has also been featured on NPR's Performance Today.
As an educator, Dr. Benavidez has conducted master classes and given performances at several of the leading music schools across the United States. He has also performed artist recitals at the Midwest Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference (2011), the South Central Tuba and Euphonium Conference (2013, 2015), the Great Plains Tuba and Euphonium Conference (2015), the Northeast Tuba and Euphonium Conference (2013, 2015), and the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (2014). In his scholarly work, Dr. Benavidez has been a regular contributor to the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Journal, most recently as the author of the recurring article When I Knew which focused on the shared career experiences of several of the leaders in the field.
Dr. Benavidez is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the College Music Society, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi.