Ben Clinesmith Ben Clinesmith, cellist, conductor, arranger and educator, received his formal training at the University of Kansas, Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music. As a young professional cellist he played in the Houston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barirolli and Andre Previn, and later he was a member of the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. For fourteen years Ben was the cello instructor at Bates and Bowdoin Colleges in Maine, and also conducted a youth orchestra made up of select players from throughout the southern half of the state. Currently, along with being the cellist in the New England Trio in which he has been a member for the last 25 years, Ben teaches at the Calhoun School in New York City, where he is also the assistant academic dean.