Adjunct Assistant Professor, Music Theory
PhD University of Utah
MM University of Utah
BS Brigham Young University
Benny Bidwell has had a long involvement with the University of Utah as a composer/educator. His musical background came from his summers in West Yellowstone, Montana, where he was engaged with musical theatre arranging and recording numbers, performing on stage, and accompanying.
Bidwell’s oeuvre consists of 8 works for large ensemble, 11 for chamber ensembles, 11+ for solo instruments, 7 for electronic media, 8 songs, a short film score, and other miscellaneous works. His commercial music is published with Warner Music Group. He was commissioned by violinist Tim McMurray, and has had performances by the Fry Street Quartet, the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, and the honors brass quintet at Arizona State University. Currently he is working on a sacred cantata project.
Bidwell trained at Brigham Young University—Idaho, Boise State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. He studied with Steve Roens, Morris Rosenzweig, Miguel Chuaqui, Christian Asplund, Steve Ricks, Michael Hicks, and David Sargent. He has worked for the Barlow Endowment, Warner Chappell Production Music, the U of U New Music Ensemble, and the Abravanel Series. Bidwell is also a theory researcher, with his PhD dissertation exploring the utility of fractals as tools for composition and analysis, specifically regarding Rolf Wallin’s quartet ning.
Bidwell is also a music theory teaching artist with the Salty Cricket Composers Collective’s El Sistema program. When not teaching, writing music, reading, or exploring nature, he devotes time to family, especially in advocating for his son with autism, alongside his champion wife, Katie.