Ben-David Warner is an aspiring choral conductor as well as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter with roots in Celtic, Classical, and Folk music. He lives with one foot in the choral/sacred music world and one in the folk music world. A native of California, Ben-David has lived in CA, CO, VA, OH, WI, as well as Austria, Canada, and Nicaragua.
After earning a double major in Humanities & Catholic Culture and Philosophy with a minor in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville he toured extensively for four years with the Celtic/Americana Folk-Rock Band Scythian. During that time he became the Assistant Music Director at St.Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Charlottesville, VA where he directed two college chapel choirs and one contemporary music team. After studying choral conducting at The University of Virginia for a year with Michael Slon he served for three years as the assistant conductor of The University Singers at UVA; two of which he was also assistant conductor for The Oratorio Society of Virginia. Before joining staff at OLPH Ben-David served as music director of St. George Catholic Church in Scottsville,VA. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in choral conducting at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and continues to perform folk and original music on the side.
What do you love about OLPH?
I love the vitality of the parish and I love our Lady! I’ve had a devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help since high school and she’s gotten me through college and a whole lot more!
Why do you work for the church?
I am very passionate about the renewal of sacred music! I believe God has given me a gift and a calling to work in this field and has given my many opportunities for work and education in it–most recently at Our Lady or Perpetual Help and CUA!
What do you do in your free time?
I love spending time with friends, being in nature, playing music, dancing, traveling, and hanging out with my family.