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STEPHEN O'BENT is a Seattle-based conductor, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. He holds a M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington and B.A. in Music from Occidental College, where he graduated magna cum laude and ​Phi Beta Kappa with Departmental Honors. Classically trained on trombone, piano, and voice [tenor], Stephen has extensive experience in a variety of styles and ensembles, from Mahleresque symphonies to samba bands, from Early Music choral ensembles to ska.

I make music of all kinds. The unifying thread throughout my career is a commitment to excellence and a passion for sharing my love of music with others. 

As a performing member and musical director of The Flying Karamazov Brothers, the critically-acclaimed vaudeville troupe, Stephen has had the opportunity to perform in major commercial theaters in London, Madrid, Chicago, New York, San Francisco,  Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere.  He has performed on five continents and appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman (twice), Good Morning America, and the BBC.

Stephen is also half of the Seattle-based music duo PepperJill & Jack, where he acts as primary songwriter and performs on guitar, ukulele, piano, trombone, vocals, and percussion.

From 2009-2013 Stephen held various positions in New York City, including tenor section leader at Church of the Good Shepherd, musical director and accompanist for "Super Sidekick: The Musical," and as a freelance musical instructor and vocal coach.

Stephen is an experienced private music teacher and is available for lessons on piano, trombone, voice, guitar, ukulele, and music theory.


Assistant Professor of Music & Conductor of Choirs

     DigiPen Institute of Technology

Minister of Music & the Arts

    First Congregational Church, Bellevue

Music Director / Performer

     Flying Karamazov Brothers

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