After studying privately with Roger Sessions, Jerzy Fitelberg and Erich ltor Kahn during the late 1940s and early 1950s, she completed her M.M. degree in composition in 1957 at the Manhattan School of Music, where she worked with the neoclassicist Vittorio Giannini. She composed her Sonatina for two clarinets, a three-movemenc work in neoclassical style, during that time. The flowing first movemenc is followed by a brief, plaintive slow movement with two alternating ideas. Tue playful last movement, a sonata-rondo, ends with a presto flourish. The work received its first performance in New York in 1957.