According to the Internet sources given below, Sidney Corbett was born in Chicago. He studied composition and philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and at Yale University, where he earned his doctorate in 1989. From 1985 to 1987 he studied composition at the Hamburg Academy of Music with György Ligeti. His composition teachers also included Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, Bernard Rands and Pauline Oliveros. his works include orchestral, instrumental and vocal music, and also one opera.