DR Miriama Young

DR Miriama Young




  • Lecturer in Music (Composition) at the Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, The University of Melbourne.
    Miriama Young writes music for film, dance, radio, live electronics and fixed media, voices and instruments. She has a particular interest in composing for the voice, in work that ranges from opera to song cycle to mediated voice.

    Miriama’s instrumental and vocal works are performed by ensembles stretching from Norway to New Zealand. Her music is commissioned and programmed extensively through the USA, UK, New Zealand, Europe, Australia, including performances by Scottish Opera, HD Duo, So Percussion, New Millennium Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Stroma, the Yesaroun’ Duo, Strike Percussion, and Now Ensemble, and at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute at MassMoca. Her intermedia installations have featured in Vivid Sydney, New York City’s Puffin Room and Gallery 138. Her music has featured on National Public Radio USA, National Radio NZ, Resonance FM London and ABC Australia. She has held artist residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell Colonies.

    Her scholarly work examines the human voice and recording technology, and a monograph on this subject, Singing the Body Electric: The Human Voice and Sound Technology (Ashgate 2015) is listed in the Times Higher Education Best Books 2015. Chapters and articles on this theme are published in Oxford Handbook of Voices Studies , Leonardo Music Journal , and Contemporary Music Review

    Originally from New Zealand, Miriama graduated with a B.A. in History and B.Mus. (1st Class Hons.) from Victoria University of Wellington (NZSM). A Fulbright recipient, in 2000 she pursued postgraduate studies in the United States, and gained her PhD in Music Composition at Princeton University (2007). Previous academic posts include the University of Aberdeen; University of Sydney C   


Member of

  • Sounz Centre for New Zealand Music. Represented Composer 1998 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • BMus (Hons), Victoria University
  • BA, Victoria University
  • PhD, Princeton University 2007
  • MMus, Princeton University 2003

Awards and honors

  • Best Music & Nature Film 2015 - Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, New York, 2015
  • Times Higher Education Best Books 2015, 2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - University of Sydney, 2012
  • Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni Award, USA, 2004
  • P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship, USA, 2001
  • New Zealand Classical Album of the Year ‘New Zealand Percussion Music’, NZ, 2001
  • University of Wellington Centennial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, NZ, 2000
  • Fulbright Graduate Study Award, USA, 2000
  • Wellington City Council Music Prize, NZ, 1999


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Creative practice or Musicology in any of the following areas:

        - Music Composition:

        - Sonic Arts:
          Music or sound for intermedia/multimedia projects, especially in collaborative contexts
          Electronic & electro-acoustic media
          Interactive sound
          Fllm music
          Sound design for film, games, new media

       - 20th & 21st Century Music History, Musicology, Theory or Aesthetics, including:

         Voice Studies (as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry)
         Sound studies
         Audio culture

    Please write to discuss supervision in further detail