The Choir Director

Mr. John Benjamin "Ben" Cook
Choral Arts
Phone: 110199


National Board Certification
National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, 2012

Master of Music Education
Samford University, 2012
Music Education, Vocal/Choral

Orff-Schulwerk Certification, Level II
Samford University, 2011

Orff-Schulwerk Certification, Level I
Samford University, 2010

Bachelor of Music
The University of Montevallo, 2006
Music Education,


Choir Teacher
McAdory Middle School, 2013 -

Music Specialist
Vestavia Hills Elementary East, 2008 - 2013

Choir Teacher
Rudd Middle School, 2007 - 2008

Music Specialist
Creekview & Meadowview Elementary Schools, 2007


John Benjamin (Ben) Cook, National Board Certified teacher, has taught music in Alabama's public schools since 2007.  In addition to his work as a public school teacher, he is also the choir director at Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church in Vestavia Hills, AL.  In the past, he has served as assistant director of the Montevallo Chorale, children’s choir director at First United Methodist Church Trussville, as a staff conductor of the Birmingham Girls Choir, and as a choral clinician for Alabama Boys’ State and Camp Sumatanga’s Music and Arts Week.  

A native of Clay, Alabama, he received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montevallo, where he studied voice under Dr. Charles Wood and conducting under the late Dr. Robert Wright and Dr. Gary Packwood.  He holds a Master of Music Education from Samford University, where he also received his level I & II Orff-Schulwerk certifications and studied choral conducting under Dr. Philip Copeland.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Alabama.  Cook lives in Trussville, AL, with his wife, Molly, and his daughter, Emma Katherine.