Morss HeadshotBen Morss earned his doctorate in composition at the University of California at Davis.  He is also an alumnus of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop.

He has played piano and arranged for platinum-selling bands such as Cake and Wheatus. His playing was used in the films “Sidewalks of New York” and “L.I.E.”  He played with the California acid-jazz group 11:11 at festivals such as NXNW and SXSW.    His former rock band, the Pilgrims, was on the charts of college radio stations nationwide and received tens of thousands of downloads online.

His two musicals for young audiences are published by Samuel French.  He and Susan DiLallo wrote a musical based on the Angelina Ballerina book series and PBS show; currently ANGELINA is running in New York and Toronto.  He created music for ANANSI THE STORY KING at Georgetown University, and he has conducted and played for shows from ANNIE to TOSCA.  He arranged the music for the stage adaptation of Trey Parker’s CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL and played auditions for SPIDERMAN.

Ben’s classical-pop-theatre crossover group, the Infinite Orchestra, played an ASCAP showcase at the Make Music New York festival in Lincoln Square alongside groups from the New York Philharmonic, City Opera, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.  His new indie pop group, Onward Chariots, has been played on radio stations from Brazil to Greece; they toured Europe in 2010 and 2011 and had a single on the storied Spanish indie pop label Elefant Records.

B.A. in Computer Science and Music Harvard University; Ph.D. in Music Composition University of California – Davis; Assistant Professor of Music Concordia College – New York