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Ben Allaway

Ben Allaway

Ben Allaway’s music has been featured on programs with such diverse luminaries as Garrison Keillor and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou and Hal Holbrook, Simon Estes and Odetta, Jamie Bernstein and Buffy Sainte-Marie, as well as Richie Havens, Susan Werner, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Thomas Friedman, Hillary Clinton and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug. In over 70 commissions, Ben’s dramatic and often interactive music challenges artists and audiences alike to examine afresh both their inner gifts and outer resources, and how they can share of themselves with the world in a positive way, whether on the relational level (social, cultural, spiritual) or even more actively in the work for peace and justice for all in the global community. Besides numerous publications with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Augsburg, GIA, Hinshaw, Concordia, his own Thresholds Music Press and Baker’s Plays/Samuel French, Ben has written a major chapter on ethnic choral music for The School Choral Program, a new secondary methods book in James Jordan’s series with GIA. He is also part of the Music That Makes Community project of All Saints Company with The Rev. Donald Schell and The Rev. Rick Fabian, founding priests of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco (www.allsaintscompany.org), promoting the idea of “paperless” music for its benefits for transforming worship into community-building, spontaneous expressions of faith. Ben collaborates frequently with his spouse, Julianne Allaway, focusing on themes of community, spirituality, inclusivity, and service.  They have created numerous texts for hymns, songs and anthems for choirs and communities, and recently published a book of congregational songs called Hymns, Psalms and Spiritual Songs. Their work has been heard throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa.


Samuel French Titles by Ben Allaway