Benton Schmidt has peen playing piano since the age of five. He has performed with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra Iowa, and competed in several piano competitions, with an invitation to perform in the Fargo-Moorhead Rotary Club's Recital With a Cause for polio awareness. Schmidt began studying with Dr. Robert Groves while in his junior year of high school, and is now in his third year at the NDSU Challey School of Music working towards a degree in Piano Performance. He is a recipient of the Bill Euren Fellowship award, a four-year full tuition scholarship. He teaches at the NDSU Music Academy, while also maintaining a private studio and accompanying for vocalists and instrumentalists at NDSU and Concordia College. As the rehearsal pianist for the NDSU Opera, he has prepared singers for Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, HMS Pinafore, and an opera scenes recital program. He also enjoys playing in pit orchestras for Theatre NDSU and Trollwood Performing Arts School. As a violinist in high school, he was a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies for two years. As a singer and accompanist, Schmidt performs with the NDSU Concert Choir, and assisted in preparations for their recent performance of Carmina Burana with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra.