Elizabeth R. Austin
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“..Austin’s..human concerns are deep and they infiltrate her musical ideas..strong, assertive work… (from CD review of “Wilderness Symphony #1”)
B.L. Cohen, New Music Connoisseur,
Vol. 5, No. 3, Fall 1997
From the walls of The Bushnell Concert Theater, Hartford, CT:
We recognize the fact that God has made the substances of the world to crystallize and grow under laws of music so that strings and tubes of metal and wood and voices opening in sound, shall speak in a panharmonic language for whatever feeling struggles in the depths of the human bosom.
What you call hindrances, obstacles, discouragements, are probably God’s opportunity.
Truth is a whole and is to be sought only as a whole, anywhere, everywhere, and by all means.
Born in Baltimore in 1938, Elizabeth R. Austin received her early musical training at The Peabody Conservatory. Grace N. Cushman (Junior Conservatory, Peabody) provided the thorough grounding in Musicianship, which marked Dr. Austin’s musical life. When Nadia Boulanger visited Goucher College (Towson, MD), she awarded the student composer a scholarship to study at the Conservatoire Americaine in Fontainebleau, France, after hearing Austin’s Drei Rilke Lieder.
Elizabeth 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. Her scores are available through the American Composers Alliance. Dr. Teresa Crane, U. Illinois, wrote a dissertation on her song cycles (2007). Scarecrow Press has released a book entitled "Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers" (2010), edited by Michael K. Slayton. A chapter on my life and music is included, written by the editor himself!