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Established in 2023, Studio Swanson brings the joy of music to the Northern Neck of Virginia through ensemble, one-on-one, audience, and workshop experiences. As Founder and Artistic Director, Benjamin Swanson instills a belief that music is for everyone, offering year-round choir opportunities like Soundwaves Chorale and captivating performances, including choral concerts and solo vocal recitals. While not currently accepting new students for private lessons, our upcoming Voice Discovery Academy in Summer 2024 promises an immersive singing "bootcamp" experience, embodying our core belief that everyone can sing. Join us in celebrating the joy of music at Studio Swanson, where harmonies abound, and the transformative power of music awaits.

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Benjamin Lowell Swanson is a passionate musician and educator based in Colonial Beach, Virginia, and he currently serves as the proud Music Teacher at Colonial Beach High School and Director of Music at Colonial Beach Baptist Church. He has previously held teaching and directing positions at Colonial Beach Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Connexion Chamber Choir, and Otterbein United Methodist Church.

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Headshot of Benjamin Swanson, Artistic Director of Soundwaves Chorale and Studio Swanson

Originally from Western New York, he has fond memories of singing with The Chautauqua Chamber Singers on cold, blizzardy nights in warm church sanctuaries, halls adorn with fir trees and Christmas ornaments.


These memories, the ones that bring tingles to your skin, are at the foundation of Ben's teaching philosophy so that our students might experience those same musical flow sensations, too.

Ben holds an active Virginia teaching license with PreK-12 endorsements in vocal, choral, and instrumental music education. He holds a Bachelor of Music in PreK-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music Education and Music Theater Performance from James Madison University.


His past choral masterwork performances include Bach's St. John Passion, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and selections from Mendelssohn's Elijah. While a member of The Madison Singers, Ben performed with Grammy-nominated recording artist Josh Groban in his 2015 North American Tour.

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