Peggy Benkeser is a teaching artist with twenty years' experience in teaching, arts administration, and performance. As a Georgia Council for the Arts-approved Artist-in-Residence and Young Audiences of Atlanta Roster Artist, Ms. Benkeser conducts residencies, master classes, and performances at schools throughout the state of Georgia.
Ms. Benkeser has extensive performance and recording experience as a soloist and member of chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. Her most recent CD, Music for Hammers and Sticks, was released on Innova records in February 2005. Ms. Benkeser has taught at Georgia State University, Clayton College and State University, and Emory University. From 1987 - 2000, she was the Artistic Director of Thamyris New Music Group. Under Peggy's guidance, Thamyris received awards for adventurous programming from Meet the Composer/Chamber Music America and received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, American Composer's Forum, Meet the Composer, the Copland Fund for New Music, and numerous local and state funding agencies.
Peggy currently teaches music for children aged two years through fifth grade at the Cliff Valley School in Atlanta and maintains a private teaching studio, where she works with students of all ages and abilities.