Benji Goldsmith holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the Tisch School at NYU in Musical Theater Writing. He is currently based in New York City, where he is a composer with a focus in Musical Theater as well as a pianist, arranger, conductor, music director, and audio engineer.
As a composer and lyricist, Benji has written multiple full-length musicals as well as featured pop and classical "concert" music pieces. He is a recipient of multiple ASCAP Foundation Awards as well as the Beekman Canon Friends of Music Prize (Yale University). His music has been performed at 54 Below, the National Alliance for Musical Theater, the University of the Arts, and by the Vermont Youth Orchestra. Recently, he premiered a new musical Scorched in New York City as a part of the Araca Project at the American Theatre of Actors. His original musical The Average Achievers premiered in New York City in 2015 at Hunter College High School, and his musical adaption of Swamplandia! premiered in New Haven, CT at Yale University in 2014.
While studying composition at Yale, Benji also focused on music direction, spending several summers working as a music director and teaching artist at Acting Manitou, a summer theater program in Waterville, ME. In New Haven, he worked as an accompanist and an ear training instructor with the Elm City Girls' Choir and as an accompanist and vocal coach at the Yale School of Drama. He also served as the musical director of the world-renowned Yale Whiffenpoofs and as musical director of Duke's Men of Yale, where he produced and recorded the award-winning album Busted., named one of the best albums of 2012 by the Recorded A Cappella Review Board.