Benjamin Kambs began teaching in Davenport, Iowa in 2001 and has been the director of choirs at Fairfield Junior/Senior High School since 2003. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University and a B.M. in Music Education from St. Olaf College. He currently directs 5 curricular choirs at FJSHS, 2 extra-curricular show choirs, serves as the department chair, directs the fall musical and teaches AP Music Theory and a dual credit Music Appreciation course. A member of both the Indiana Music Educators Association and American Choral Directors Association, Kambs also currently serves as the state Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Indiana Choral Directors Association.
As a tenor soloist he has sung under the baton of Vance George and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass and performed numerous times with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, most recently as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
His advanced high school chorus is a six-time state finalist in the ISSMA Concert Choir competition, placing as high as 4th both in 2015 and 2016. His show choirs have been state finalists for five consecutive years, with his mixed show choir Fusion winning a state championship in 2016. In March of 2012, Kambs’ Jr. High Chorus performed at the regional convention of the American Choral Director’s Association and in January of 2015 he led his Advanced Chorus at the Indiana Music Educators Association Convention. Ben currently resides in Constantine, Michigan with his wife, Breana.