|Elizabeth Austin was born 1938 in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her early musical training at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Debartment. She has studied composition with Grace Newsom Cushman, Nadia Boulanger, Robert Hall Lewis and Donald Harris. She has a Bachelor of Arts in music from Goucher College, a Masters in Music Composition from the Hartt School of Music and a Doctorate in music from the University of Connecticut. She is liaison for the international exchange program between the Hartt School of music and the State University for Music in Mannheim, Germany.