Composer, writer, and performer Elaine Barkin was born December 15, 1932 in New York City. She graduated from Queens College,
CUNY and Brandeis University (MFA, 1954 and Ph.D, 1971) and studied composition at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik in the
1950s. Barkin taught at Queens College (1964-1970), the University of Michigan (1970-1974), and Princeton (1974), before joining
the faculty at UCLA in 1974, teaching music composition and theory; she retired from UCLA in 1997. Barkin also served as an
editor for the journal Perspectives of New Music from the mid-1960s to 1980s, and wrote numerous essays for the publication and other music journals, including Open Space Magazine, which she co-founded. In the 1980s, Barkin undertook several excursions to Bali to study gamelan music and interview Indonesian
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