Warren and Patricia Benson Forum on Creativity


The Warren and Patricia Benson Forum on Creativity is a semi-annual event held at the Eastman School of Music, curated by the Composition Department, with the purpose of encouraging open discussion on the nature of creativity across artistic disciplines. It is made possible by a generous gift from the Benson family.


The Forum engages the artistic partnership interests of Warren and Pat Benson — in the arts, poetry, languages, history and cultures — to inform the creative process and, especially, to offer young composers the opportunity to explore writing and hearing new works influenced by these elements.

Arthur Ganson

Lia Purpura

Tony Arnold

Cuong Vu

Anna Schuleit

The Warren and Patricia Benson Forum on Creativity features engagement of composition students with guest artists, culminating in concerts of new works.


Featured guest artists have included:


Arthur Ganson, kinetic sculptor, artist in residence at MIT


Lia Purpura, poet and writer-in-residence at Loyola College


Tony Arnold, soprano and Howard Hanson Visiting Professor


Cuong Vu, jazz composer and trumpet virtuoso, University of Washington


Anna Schuleit, visual artist, MacArthur Fellow

For more information or to contribute to the Warren and Patricia Benson Forum on Creativity, please contact the Eastman School of Music at 585-274-1000.


Warren Benson

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