Following studies in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, Elaine Bearer returned to the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Ludmila Ulehla and Mario Davidovsky, earning a Bachelor of Music in 1970. After graduate work at NYU, she taught at Lone Mountain College, San Francisco State University, and San Francisco Conservatory. Bearer earned an MD/Ph.D. in 1983 from UCSF. She is currently on the faculty of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she runs a scientific research lab studying the nervous system. She holds faculty appointments at Brown in both Medical Sciences and Music. Bearer's music is performed regularly throughout the United States. The premier performance of the Nicholls Trio is available on compact disc by the Albany Music Group. Other works by Bearer can be heard on the CRS label.