About Our Director: Benjamin Bergey


Benjamin Bergey is currently orchestra director of the Rapidan Orchestra and Eastern Mennonite University Orchestra, and is also Instructor of Music Theory at James Madison University. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Mennonite University in 2011, with degrees in Vocal Performance and Church Music. After two years off as a general manager of a local food restaurant, he completed his Masters in Music in orchestral conducting in 2015 and Doctor of Musical Arts in 2018 at James Madison University.

Benjamin has been involved with music and music leading for many years, having started on piano and violin at age 6. He has performed in and conducted musicals and operas, orchestras and choirs, and is passionate about music. He particularly enjoys conducting operas as it combines his love of orchestras, singing, and the theatre.

Benjamin is Music Director at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, where he and his wife, Kate, attend. Kate is an academic advisor at JMU in Career and Academic Planning. Hobbies they enjoy together include biking, hiking, gardening, and tennis. They are blessed with a wonderful daughter, Lydia.