Bachelor in Music Education, University of California at Los Angeles, 1968. Master of Arts in Composition, University of California at Los Angeles, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1992.
Studied piano with, Aube Tzerko. Studied composition with, Henri Lazarof. Studied composition with, Leon Kirchner.
Studied composition with, Robert Linn. Studied speculative theory with, Robert Moore. Studied speculative theory with, William Thomsen.
Music professor emeritus Moorpark College, California, 1990—2008, chair music and dance department, 2000—2008. Teaching associate University of California at Los Angeles, 1968—1971. Assistant professor University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1978—1980, California State University, Northridge, 1975—1978, 1981—1989.
Guest professor University Hawaii, 2006. Premieres of works by Max Lifchitz, Anthony Vazzana, William Toutant, Frank Campo, Morten Lauridsen, Paul Pisk, Leonard Berkowitz, John Vincent. Soloist Orquesta Sinfonica de El Salvador, San Salvador, 1997, Filarmonica Marea Neagra, Constanta, Romania, 1994, 98.
Member of Association for Technology in Music, College Music Society.
Married Daniel Aaron Kessner, June 29, 1968. Children: Darren Eugene, Demian Edward.