She was born in 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, grew up in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Basel, Switzerland, and later at New York University, where she received her Master of Arts degree. Her teachers in composition and electro-acoustic music included Thomas Kessler, Lilli Friedemann, Reynold Weidenaar and Ruth Anderson. She studied computer music with Charles Dodge at the Brooklyn College Center for Computer Music (BC-CCM) and remained at that center for many years afterwards as a guest composer. In 1985 she began teaching electro-acoustic music composition at New York University and later founded and directed a computer music studio there. She is currently a guest composer at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University and works as consultant for the preservation of electro-acoustic music at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center. Her music is recorded on ICMA, SEAMUS, Cuneiform and Open Space compact discs.