Clarinetist Ben Ringer is a founding member of Lunatics at Large. He holds a B.M. in clarinet performance and an M.M. in orchestral conducting from Mannes College of Music. A native of Portsmouth, VA, he is also a graduate of the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts. Since relocating to New York in 2004, Ben has performed with the Mannes Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony, Ensemble 212, and the New York Youth Symphony at venues including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, and Symphony Space. He is an avid chamber musician and performer of contemporary and 20th century works, performing in New York with Lunatics-at-Large, Alaria, and the 85th Street Quintet . Ben made his New York conducting debut in May 2009 with the Mannes Repertory Orchestra, and since then has led orchestral performances of repertoire by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Prokofiev, Chopin, and Sibelius, and in December 2010 led elements of the Mannes Orchestra in performance at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Also an educator, he is instructor of clarinet at the Richard Rodgers School for the Arts and Technology, and or clarinet, guitar, piano, and music theory at Musipire Music Center in Queens.