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Dr. Mary Beth Bennett is a recognized performer, composer and improviser living in historic Richmond, Virginia where she serves on the music faculty of the University of Richmond. Having held various positions in Washington, D.C., including at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and as Ceremonial Organist for the United States Department of Defense. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Stetson University, the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik (Cologne, Germany), and the University of Southern California. She pursued postdoctoral study in plainchant at the Catholic University of America. Her organ teachers have included David Craighead, Paul Jenkins, Paul Manz, Michael Schneider, Ladd Thomas and Cherry Rhodes. 

 The winner of numerous awards in performance and composition, she has received commissions in multiple genres from the American Guild of Organists, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Association of Anglican Musicians, The Paul VI Institute for the Arts, and Various churches, chamber ensembles and private parties. Her primary composition teacher has been James F. Hopkins. She maintains an international studio of improvisation students and has served as a judge for the AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation. She has presented improvisation seminars for National and Regional conventions of the AGO and NPM, as well as for the Smithsonian Institution. As a performing member of the Liturgical Organists Consortium, she recorded three compact discs which have garnered critical acclaim, including a "Golden Ear Award' for best organ CD of the year from Absolute Sound Magazine. Her performances and compositions have been featured multiple times on NPR's Pipe Dreams with Michael Barone. Her compositions are published by World Library Publications, Augsburg-Fortress, Concordia, Broadman, National, Hope, and Oxford University Press Publishing companies.