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In 1976 she co-founded the musical ensemble Gamelan Son of Lion with Philip Corner and Daniel Goode; she also constructed most of the group's instruments. Her major works include two shadow puppet operas: Karna and The Story of Esther. She is married to the woodwind player and instrument designer Steven Silverstein.
- The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Woman Composers. Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel. W.W. Norton & Co. 1995. p. 57
- Barbara Benary bio
- Rock Happens – Barbara Benary blasts beyond bygone bashfulness with brass and backbeat, The Village Voice, Kyle Gann, November 29, 2005.
- Gamelan Son of Lion
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