Biography

Ben Newhouse is a composer of concert and film music. Newhouse’s commercial music has been used in over 3,000 episodes of television, including projects for ABC, CBS, NBC, and most major cable networks. Newhouse’s music is the soundtrack for the Disney DVD logo, several independent films, and Las Vegas stage shows. Newhouse was awarded the BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship in 1999.

Newhouse’s orchestral music has been performed by the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman School Symphonic Orchestra, the William and Mary Symphony Orchestra, and the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts Symphony Orchestra. Newhouse’s overture Heat was awarded the “Howard Hanson Prize” for excellence in orchestral composition. Newhouse’s Fantasy for Strings won the “Original Works Award” at the 2015 Orchestra Cup. Newhouse’s chamber music has been performed by various groups around the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Zodiac Trio from France and Talespin in Vienna.

Newhouse is a faculty member and course author for the continuing education department of the Berklee College of Music. He designed and oversees four courses in orchestration and film scoring, which have educated hundreds of composers worldwide. The University Continuing Education Association awarded his Orchestration 1 course “Best New Online Course” in 2009, and Berklee awarded Newhouse a “Distinguished Faculty Award” in 2015. Newhouse has also guest lectured at Pescara Conservatory in Pescara, Italy and Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia. Newhouse previously taught MIDI sequencing and digital audio production at the Boston campus of Berklee College of Music. He authored “Producing Music with Digital Performer” via Berklee Press and Hal Leonard, which has sold 15,000 copies. He has been quoted in multiple publications, including Electronic Music Magazine and acousticmidiorchestration.com.

Newhouse is a magna cum laude alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, where he studied music composition with Christopher Rouse, David Liptak, Augusta Read Thomas, and Sydney Hodkinson. Newhouse is a full-fellowship Masters degree alumnus of the University of Southern California, completing a Masters in Business Administration and a Business of Entertainment graduate certificate program with the School of Cinematic Arts.