Elizabeth Austin: at Père Lachaise, ParisBorn in Baltimore in 1938, Elizabeth R. Austin
received her early musical training at The Peabody Conservatory. Grace N.
Cushman provided the thorough grounding in Composition, which marked Dr.
Austin’s musical life. When Nadia Boulanger visited Goucher College, she
awarded the composer a scholarship to study at the Conservatoire Americaine in Fontainebleau, France.
Dr. Austin has taught composition and
theory in Hartford, Connecticut. Her association with The Hartt School
(University of Hartford), where she earned an M.M., included the establishment
of a faculty/student exchange with the Staatliche
Hochschule für Musik Heidelberg-Mannheim. During her Ph.D. studies (University
of Connecticut), she won First Prize in the Lipscomb Electronic Music
Other awards have included a Connecticut Commission on the Arts grant,
First Prize in the IAWM’s 1998 Miriam Gideon Competition, a Rockefeller
Foundation grant, and an American Music Center grant.
Performed in Europe, Scandinavia, South
Africa, as well as in The United States and the Caribbean, Elizabeth Austin’s
music has been received with distinction and has been broadcast worldwide,
especially featured on Germany’s Mitteldeutscher
Rundfunk. She serves as organist/choir
director at St. Paul’s Church, Windham Center. Dr. Austin is also on the Alumni
Board of The Walden School (young composers), New Hampshire.
Published by Arsis Press, Tonger Musikverlag, and Peer Musik, and
recorded on the Capstone and Leonarda labels, scores are also available through
the American Composers Alliance. Dr. Teresa Crane, U. Illinois, wrote a
dissertation on her song cycles (2007). A chapter on Austin’s music is included
in: Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers
by Dr. Michael K. Slayton (Scarecrow
Press). The online journal SCOPE featured Austin’s music (Winter, 2011: p.22