- Barbara Benary
(b Pasadena, CA, April 23, 1953). American composer and ethnomusicologist. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley (BA 1977) and San Francisco State University (MA 1979) where she pursued interdisciplinary work in music, anthropology and education. She also studied Javanese music with Ki Wasitodiningrat, Nyai Tumenggung Mardusari and Nyi Supadmi. She has taught gamelan and world music at Mills and Goddard colleges, the University of California, Berkeley, and Dartmouth and Monash universities. Her honours include a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship to Indonesia (1988–9) and an NEH Fellowship (1991). Founder and director of the American Gamelan Institute, she has also edited and published Balungan, a periodical devoted to Southeast Asian performing arts.
As a composer, Diamond has written extensively for the voice and gamelan instruments. Among her works are a series of Western folksong settings (In that Bright World, Hard Times...