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Music Director
Benjamin G. Del Vecchio

Benjamin G. Del Vecchio

Benjamin G. Del Vecchio  Resume was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the grandson of Italian immigrants. His maternal grandfather, Pellegrino Cerulli, an avid music lover, was undoubtedly a major influence on his choice of professions, often paying a week's salary for opera tickets to hear Caruso, that only provided standing room behind a pillar. He named each of his seven children after Verdi opera leading characters, and when visiting his grandson, would insist that he play "seven-a songs" for him on the piano (no repetitions tolerated). At age fourteen, Benjamin had a life crisis because he didn't know what he was going to do when he grew up, and after struggling to decide between becoming a priest or an orchestra conductor, he chose the latter.

To hear Frederik Prausnitz (his conducting professor at the New England Conservatory of Music) tell it, Del Vecchio strode into his office, grabbed him by the lapels, and informed him that he would be studying with him. Until then, there had not been an undergraduate degree in conducting at the Conservatory. Del Vecchio received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from there and did doctoral work at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Most of his career has consisted of creating or building music programs. At Taylor University, he built a fifty-five piece orchestra from an initial group of five instrumentalists. From there he became founder of the Marion Philharmonic and Kokomo Symphony, as well as conducting the Owensboro (Kentucky) Youth Orchestra. After moving to Kokomo in 1978, he became full-time Music Director of the Kokomo Symphonic Society and formed both the Kokomo Symphonic Chorus and Youth Orchestra.

The Eighties found him in Indianapolis, conducting both the Carmel Symphony and Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. A part-time position as choir director at St. Alphonsus Church in Zionsville led to twenty-five years conducting various choral groups in this area. In 2007, he teamed up with members of this community to actualize the concept of a west-suburban chorus and orchestra.