Archive      Forum

Warren Benson Scholarship


The Benson family is grateful to Ruth Komanoff Underwood and others who have contributed to the Warren Benson endowed scholarship fund at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. The scholarship fund supports the studies of students in composition.


From the announcement in Eastman Notes, 2006:

A Hollywood studio percussionist and long- time member of Frank Zappa’s bands, Ruth Komanoff Underwood established the Warren Benson Scholarship in Composition at the Eastman School of Music as a way to permanently honor her former percussion teacher, with whom she studied at Ithaca College. By his own example, he instilled in his students the responsibility to elevate the world through their art and good deeds. Mrs. Underwood says that she lives by these principles to this day and shares with her own students the techniques and values he taught her. Warren Benson served as Professor of Composition at the Eastman School from 1967 through 1993.

“I cannot say for sure what method or what particular material might set in motion a significant response in the student.


Therefore, I want to appeal to him or her on every conceivable avenue of approach and engage them in the discovery of relationships that supposedly peripheral information might have with the issue at hand.”

For more information or to make a gift to the Warren Benson Scholarship, please contact the Eastman School of Music at 585-274-1040.


Warren Benson

Content provided and managed by

Hampton Consulting & Film © 2011