Elizabeth R. Austin, Ph.D.
American Composers Alliance, BMI
President, Connecticut Composers, Inc.
9 Eastwood Road Tel: (860) 429-1279
Storrs, Connecticut 06268
Born in Baltimore in 1938, Elizabeth R. 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 Competition (Nashville).
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. GEDOK Mannheim
(Germany) has sponsored many portrait concerts of her music. She serves as organist/choir director
at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Windham Center. Dr. Austin is also on the Alumni Board of The
Walden School (for young composers), New Hampshire.
Published by Arsis Press, Tonger Musikverlag, and Peer Musik, and recorded on the
Capstone and Leonarda labels, Elizabeth Austin is also represented on the 1994 Society of
Composers CD and Journal (Vol. 20). Her scores are available through the American Composers
Alliance. Dr. Teresa Crane, U. Illinois, wrote a dissertation on her song cycles (2007), as Karianne
Westfal-Larsen discussed her songs in her Master’s thesis (Norway, 2007). Writings on Austin’s life
and music, based on a doctoral dissertation by Dr. Michael Slayton, will be part of a forthcoming
book on contemporary women composers.