Alexandra Pierce was born 21 February 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied music at the University of Michigan (B.M.), New England Conservatory (M.M.), Harvard University (M.A.) and Brandeis University (Ph.D.). Her list of compositions is extensive and includes symphonic music as well as music for voices and various instrumental combinations. Her solo for clarinet/bass clarinet "7 Line Drawings" is recorded on the CD "Outcrops & Upshots" available from Media Press.