Kaleb Benda is a second-year Masters Conducting Associate. At Oklahoma City University, he assists the Wind Philharmonic and the Oklahoma Youth Winds. He was also assistant to the conductor for the fall 2016 Mainstage production of Hairspray and the spring 2017 Mainstage production of Dark Sisters. In 2015 he was named a semi-finalist for the American Prize award for conducting, and has advanced to the finalist round in the ongoing 2016 competition. In 2017 he was selected to participate in the Conductors Retreat at Medomak.