R. Monty Bennett began musical studies at an early age in his native California. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was a student of Dr. James Welch, with whom he studied organ, carillon, and harpsichord. Early keyboard studies were under the tutelage of William Bagileo, Herbert Nanney of Stanford University, and Dr. Roger Nyquist, of Santa Clara University.
Monty has performed around the world as an organist, accompanist, and conductor. In 2005, he made his European debut playing a recital for the 22nd International Festival of Organists in Turin, Italy, where he played the European première of a collection of African-American spirituals by Calvin Taylor. He has performed for numerous chapters of the American Guild of Organists, as well as playing at major churches and universities across the county. He is a carillonneur and played his first European carillon recital on the 70-bell instrument installed at the Chapel of the Dukes of Savoy, Chambéry, France.
While the Associate Minister of Music/Organist at Calvary Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, he presided at the Calvary Grand Möller Pipe Organ, one of the largest musical instruments in the world. For 10 years, he served as the Principal Organist at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, where he designed and dedicated the five-manual, 168-stop, Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ. Most recently he was both the Membership/Music Director at Temple Israel and the Music Director/Organist at Park Road Baptist Church, both in Charlotte, North Carolina, and now serves as the Director of Sacred Music of Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, Lancaster, South Carolina. In light of his musical accomplishments, he is listed in Who’s Who in America and has been featured on the renowned American Public Media broadcast Pipedreams.
An active member of the American Guild of Organists from the age of 13, Monty holds the Colleague certification of the AGO and has served on the board of the Charlotte Chapter, where he coordinated the chapter’s nationally acclaimed Summer Recital Series.
He is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative www.concertartistcooperative.com.