Elaine Fine comes from Boston but has lived in Charleston, Illinois since 1985. She began musical life as a violinist, but received a Bachelor of Music Degree in flute performance from The Juilliard School of Music. She studied recorder in Vienna, baroque flute in Boston, and composition at Eastern Illinois University with Peter Hesterman. For twelve years she served as the classical music director for WEIU-FM, and is currently a member of the LeVeck String Quartet. She is on the reviewing staff of the American Record Guide, and has written articles for The Maud Powell Signature, The Instrumentalist and Classical Music:Third Ear--The Essential Listening Companion. She writes mostly chamber music and chamber music with voice, but she has also written an opera based on "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen, a few works for orchestra, and a song cycle on poems by Lorca.