C u r r ic u l u m   V i t a e

Born: 1980


  • New England Conservatory of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), 2009

  • New England Conservatory of Music, MM Musical Composition with Distinction in Performance (& Academic Honors), 2005

  • Bennington College, BA Music, 2003

Featured at the Following Notable Venues:

  • Sydney Opera House: Sydney, Australia

  • Canada's Wonderland: Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

  • St. David’s United Church: Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada

  • St. George’s Church: Dinkelsbühl, Germany

  • Kumlong Baptist Church: Mokokchung, India

  • Muzeul Judetean: Bistrița, Romania

  • ROMEXPO Exhibition: ​Bucharest, Romania

  • Moscow Conservatory: Moscow, Russian Federation

  • Titthof Catholic Church: Chur, Switzerland

  • Kantonsschule Heerbrugg: Heerbrugg, Switzerland

  • Bäckeranlage: Zurich, Switzerland

  • Main Street U.S.A., Walt Disney World: Orlando, FL

  • New England Conservatory of Music, Jordan Hall: Boston, MA

  • Mobius: Cambridge, MA

  • MASS MoCA: North Adams, MA

  • Tanglewood, Seiji Ozawa Hall: Lenox, MA

  • Black House Collective: Kansas City, MO

  • St. Ignatuis Loyola Church: Park Avenue, New York, NY

  • St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church: Cardiff, Wales


  • Over 450 pieces: solo compositions, orchestral scores, pop songs, film music, operas, radio music beds and electronic media

Music Publishers

  • E.C. Schirmer Publishing

  • The Lorenz Corporation

  • New Music Shelf

  • Sacred Music Press

Academic Writings

  • A Musical Enigma: Schoenberg's Opus 40 published in: SONUS


  • Penomen Toy Piano by: P. Romańczuk (ISBN: 978-83-61488-44-6)

  • The Toy Piano: From the Playroom to the Concert Platform by: Antonietta Loffredo (ISBN: 978-88-8109-511-7)

Articles and Magazine Press

  • Pestova Bennett, Xenia. "Toy Pianos, Poor Tools: Virtuosity and Imagination in a Limited Context." Tempo, 71(281), 2017, pp. 27-38.

  • Howard, Miles. "Toys R Us." Stuff Magazine: Boston. May 2012, p.14.

  • Carman, Judith E. “A Mouseful of Trouble.” National Association of Teachers of Singing, vol. 67, no. 2, November/December 2010, p. 236. 

Commercial Recordings

College and University Performances:

  • University of Otago: Dunedin, New Zealand

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst: Amherst, MA

  • Boston University: Boston, MA

  • Williams College: Williamstown, MA

  • Western Michigan University: Kalamazoo, MI

  • Cottey College: Nevada, MO

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Lincoln, NE

  • Bard College: Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

  • Otterbein University: Westerville, OH

  • Bennington College: Bennington, VT

  • Northeastern Baptist College: Bennington, VT

  • Southern Vermont College: Bennington, VT

Music Featured at:

  • First Baptist Church: Plymouth, CT

  • Oak Grove United Methodist Church: Decatur, GA

  • Central Christian Church: Decatur, IL

  • Trinity Lutheran Church: Des Plaines, IL

  • Avon United Methodist Church: Avon, IN

  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church: Overland Park, KS

  • Highland Presbyterian Church: Louisville, KY

  • The Aggie Fair: Adams, MA

  • Notre Dame Des Sept Douleurs Church: Adams, MA

  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church: Adams, MA

  • St. Stanislaus Kostka Church: Adams, MA

  • Turn Hall: Adams, MA

  • Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church: Allston, MA

  • Park Avenue Congregational Church: Arlington, MA

  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Chapel: Blackinton, MA

  • Church of the Covenant: Boston, MA

  • Covenant Congregational Church: Boston, MA

  • Grand Chapter of Massachusetts, OES: Boston, MA

  • First Parish: Brookline, MA

  • Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church: Cambridge, MA

  • The Memorial Church at Harvard: Cambridge, MA

  • First Baptist Church: Cheshire, MA

  • First Congregational Church: Dalton, MA

  • Camp Ashmere: Hinsdale, MA

  • Home Club: Hinsdale, MA

  • First Congregational Church of Lee: Lee, MA

  • Cranwell Spa and Resort: Lenox, MA

  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Longmeadow, MA

  • First Baptist Church: Malden, MA

  • Good Shepherd United Methodist Church: Malden, MA

  • All Saints’ Episcopal Church: North Adams, MA

  • Conte Middle School: North Adams, MA

  • Drury High School: North Adams, MA

  • Eagles Hall: North Adams, MA

  • First Baptist Church: North Adams, MA

  • First Congregational Church: North Adams, MA

  • First United Methodist Church: North Adams, MA

  • Greylock Community Club: North Adams, MA

  • Greylock Elementary School: North Adams, MA

  • Johnson Elementary School: North Adams, MA

  • Key West Lounge: North Adams, MA

  • Lafayette-Greylock Lodge of A.F. & A.M., North Adams, MA

  • St. Anthony of Padua Church: North Adams, MA

  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish: North Adams, MA

  • St. Francis Church: North Adams, MA

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church: North Adams, MA

  • Sullivan Elementary School: North Adams, MA

  • Berkshire Music School: Pittsfield, MA

  • Crown Plaza: Pittsfield, MA

  • Evangelical Free Church: Pittsfield, MA

  • First United Methodist Church: Pittsfield, MA

  • Zion Lutheran Church: Pittsfield, MA

  • Hawthorne Hotel: Salem, MA

  • Café at the Somerville Armory: Somerville, MA

  • First Congregational Church: Stockbridge, MA

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church: Stockbridge, MA

  • First Baptist Church: Williamstown, MA

  • First Congregational Church: Williamstown, MA

  • St. John’s Episcopal Church: Williamstown, MA

  • St. Patrick’s Church: Williamstown, MA

  • St. Raphael’s Church: Williamstown, MA

  • Second Congregational Church: Williamstown, MA

  • Williamstown Commons: Williamstown, MA

  • First Congregational Church: Wiscasset, ME

  • Saint David's United Church: Rothesay, NB

  • Etowah United Methodist Church: Etowah, NC

  • First Baptist Church: Tryon, NC 

  • Conway Village Congregational Church: Conway, NH​

  • Berlin Middle School: Cherry Plain, NY

  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Church: Delmar, NY

  • Immaculate Conception Church: New Lebanon, NY

  • First Unitarian Church of Toledo: Toledo, OH

  • First United Methodist Church of Troy: Troy, OH

  • St. Paul’s Lutheran “Blue” Church: Coopersburg, PA

  • Montoursville Presbyterian Church: Montoursville, PA

  • St. Martin’s Church: Radnor, PA

  • First Presbyterian Church: Washington, PA

  • First Baptist Church: Greenville, SC

  • Kern Memorial United Methodist Church: Oak Ridge, TN

  • First Baptist Church: Bennington, VT

  • Stamford Community Church: ​​Stamford, VT

  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish: Wilmington, VT

  • First Baptist Church: Madison, WI

  • Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church: Hurricane, WV

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Prizes, Grants, Fellowships & Scholarships:

  • Winner of the Black House Collective/Maroon Trio Composition Competition, 2014

  • Signs of Our Times 60x60 II” Composer, presented by Vox Novus and Mobius, 2013

  • Toy Piano Mini-Fest Composer, presented by Mobius, 2012

  • Juddertone Composer, 2009

  • Nu Mu [sic!] Festival Composer, 2009

  • Teaching Fellowship, New England Conservatory of Music, 2006-2009

  • ASCAP Plus Awards: annually 2005 through 2015

  • Wolley Fund Grant, 2003

  • Aaron Copland Scholarship to attend the Conducting Institute's Composer/Conductor Program at Bard College, 2001

  • Berkshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Organ Study Scholarship, 1993 & 1994


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