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Ben Willmott

Operations Manager of Performing Arts
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
College of Liberal Arts

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Ben Willmott

Operations Manager of Performing Arts
Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture
College of Liberal Arts

Bio

Ben Willmott joined the College of Liberal Arts' Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture at RIT in January 2017 after spending over a decade in the music industry. Following his graduation from Ithaca College, where he earned a degree in Music (voice) and Business Administration, Ben returned to his home state of Massachusetts and was promoted to Lead Contract Administrator for the domestic booking division at Ted Kurland Associates in Boston; a music booking agency specializing in world and jazz music, representing artists including Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Bela Fleck, and Pat Metheny. In 2009, Ben began working at Wilkins Management, Inc., an entertainment management firm that oversees the careers of musicians including Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. There, Ben managed the worldwide performance bookings of Redman and Marsalis, as well as ticketing for Connick, Jr.'s concerts. He also became co-manager of Marsalis Music, a boutique record label founded by Branford Marsalis, for which he coordinated the release of albums by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Marsalis Family, Harry Connick, Jr., and Miguel Zenon. In addition to Ben's experience as a professional in the music industry, he is a musician himself, having independently produced, recorded, and toured in support of two albums of pop-rock solo material and performing as a vocalist with ensembles in the Boston area including the MIT Meridian Singers and the Highland Glee Club of Newton. Since relocating to Rochester, Ben has become involved in many local organizations including Lollypop Farm, Friends of Eastman Opera, as well as the Rochester Oratorio Society for which he sings baritone. At RIT, Ben manages the concerts and theatre productions presented by the Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture and oversees all operations pertaining to the Performing Artists Concert Series and the newly launched Faculty Spotlight recital series.

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