Dr. Al Benner

The premiere of the LSMSA Pep Band was during Homecoming on November 14, 2014 in the Gym for the girl's and boy's basketball games.  The LSMSA Fight Song was introduced at that time.  Click here for the words.

2016 Fall Semester Classes (Projected)
MU101:Intro to Music Theory I (8:30MWF)
MU101: Intro to Music Theory I (3:00MWF)
MU213: Music Composition (TBA)
MU254B: Mixed Ensemble (10:30MWF)
MU255: Chamber Ensemble (TBA)
MU301: Adv. Music Theory I (2:00MWF)
MU401: Adv. Music Theory III (1:15TR)

On April 19, 2016, the Mixed Ensemble received Superior ratings in Performance and Sight-reading at the LMEA State/Regional Large Ensemble Performance Assessment in Monroe.  For the second straight year, we brought back the BIG trophy! 

2016 Spring Semester Classes
MU201:Intro to Music Theory II (8:30MWF)
MU201: Intro to Music Theory II (4:00MW)
MU213: Music Composition (1:00TRF)
MU254B: Mixed Ensemble (10:30MWF)
MU255: Chamber Ensemble (6:00W)
MU302: Adv. Music Theory II (2:00MWF)
MU402: Adv. Music Theory IV (2:15TR)

Instrumental Program:

Mixed Ensemble Holiday Concert
[Friday 12-4-15; 6:00pm; CPT Recital Hall; Sunday 12-6-15; 3:00pm; CPT Recital Hall] 
[Friday 12-4-15; 6:00pm; CPT Recital Hall; Sunday 12-6-15; 3:00pm; CPT Recital Hall] 
[Sunday 10-11-15; 6:30pm; CPT Recital Hall] 

Marika Buchholz Senior Clarinet Recital
[Tuesday, 4-21-15; 6:00pm; CPT Recital Hall]
Premiere of Cane River Promenade

Composition Program:
[Thursday 4-16-15; 6:00pm; CPT Recital Hall]
[Tuesday 11-4-14; 6:00pm; CPT Recital Hall]

[Tuesday 5-13-14; 7:00pm; CPT Recital Hall]
[Saturday 5-3-14; 6:00pm; CPT Recital Hall]
Student Recital
[Tuesday 4-15-14; 6:30pm; CPT Recital Hall]

[Monday 4-14-14; 7:00pm; LSMSA CPT Recital Hall; Natchitoches] 
[Sunday 4-6-14; 3:00pm; Howard Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall; LA Tech University; Ruston]
LSMSA students who auditioned and were selected from 2000 to the present
Selected instrumental students who qualified for individual recitals
[Click any of the main Headings or Concert/Recital above for further information]

The music of AL BENNER has been performed frequently throughout the United States and Canada, including New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  He has also had overseas performances at the Vatican City (Italy), the Czech Republic, Greece, and several cities in Norway.  He has received numerous commissions from organizations, institutions, and individuals, such as the Louisiana Association of Symphony Orchestras, St. Norbert College, and the Louisiana Sinfonietta, to name a few. His awards include ASCAP Standard Awards, two Composers Commissioning Awards from the Louisiana Music Teacher’s Association, and the Audience Choice Award from the Louisiana Sinfonietta, among others. He is the founder of the Louisiana Composers' Consortium (LCC), the Commissioning Chair for LMTA, the editor of ComposerUSA, the bulletin of the National Association of Composers, USA, and on their National Advisory Board, and on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Sinfonietta. He taught composition and theory at Louisiana State University and St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI) before joining LSMSA in 1997.

My music can be found at:

For a listing of performances of my music please click here.

For a listing of my music known to be in certain libraries, please click here.

Life Philosophy
Do what is right even if it is unpopular.
Take responsibility for your actions.
Don't let others think for you.
There is always a choice.
Be true to yourself.
"Excellence is not an action, but a habit."  --Aristotle
"To educate a person in intelligence but not    in character is a crime to the human spirit." --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.  Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Knowledge is limited.  Imagination encircles the world." --Dr. Albert Einstein

"The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye, until we meet again."
  --Jimi Hendrix, in a poem found next to his bed in the London hotel where he died.

Charities I Support

Books Read Since Classes begin Fall 2013
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (Grove Press)
Six Tales of the Jazz Age and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Charles Scribner's Sons)
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (Revell)
Poetics of Music: In the Form of Six Lessons by Igor Stravinsky (Harvard University Press)
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks writing as Ian Fleming (Vintage Books)
Toscanini: An Intimate Portrait by Samuel Chotzinoff (Da Capo Press)
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Hyperion Press)