Described as a “passionate and gifted soloist” (Libby Larsen – 2015) with “flawless technique and intuitive musicianship” (Craig Kirchhoff – 2016), Dr. Benjamin Cold is currently Artist/Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA), where he teaches applied single-reeds and double reeds, and directs woodwind chamber ensembles including saxophone quartet and clarinet choir. As a passionate advocate of new music, he has been involved in the commissions and premieres of dozens of compositions for solo and chamber saxophone, most of which were dedicated to him. His work has been performed and recorded on Classical Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio, and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe. Throughout his professional career, he has held residencies, taught master classes and given guest recitals and performances across the country at many of the Nation’s top academic institutions including, but not limited to the University of Minnesota, Bowling Green State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, and the University of North Texas. Dr. Cold maintains an international presence as a performer and educator, including past performing and teaching obligations in France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, London, Canada and Cuba.