Benjamin Emory Larson is a multi-disciplinarian in the fine and performing arts.
Nationally, he has composed commercial film scores for The International Justice Mission, World Relief, and The Justice Conference. He has done writing, literary consulting, proofreading, and drafting for several different websites, books and publications, including Relevant magazine. He is the Executive Director of Askquestions.tv, a Ted.com-style website dedicated to providing Christian answers to questions on global affairs, culture, church, science, philosophy, theology, the bible and more.
In 2009, his opera Maelstrom – The Zombie Opera (co-written with Reed Reimer) was produced in Portland, OR and nominated for three Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards, including Best Original Musical and Best Original Score. From the Willamette Week: “[Maelstrom] took cues from sources as diverse as Schoenberg and Danny Elfman, while nevertheless creating a unified, eerily atmospheric sonic landscape.”
At home in Bend, OR, he is the Pastor of Media & Communication at Antioch Church, where he oversees Sunday morning production, branding, social media and marketing. He also freelances as an accompanist, pianist, and singer and has performed at various local venues including Silver Moon Brewing and McMenamins Old St. Francis Pub. He has composed music and music directed for several local theatrical productions and performed as a pianist, clarinetist, singer, dancer, and actor for many different companies and organizations, including The Central Oregon Symphony, The Cascade Winds, The Central Oregon Mastersingers, The Tower Theatre, Cascades Theatrical Company, and 2nd Street Theater.
He is always writing, always composing, always loving his beautiful wife Erika and the beautiful city they call home.