Acting Head of Composition, Lecturer in Music, University of Melbourne

Hailed by The Herald Scotland as a 'Renaissance Woman', Miriama Young is an award-winning instrumental composer and sound artist who collaborates across dance, film, radio, and electronic media. Her work seamlessly combines technology, soundscape, interactivity, field recordings, and sound art with live acoustic instruments, to produce unique sound worlds.

Her chamber, orchestral and electro-acoustic work has been programmed by highly-respected ensembles and performers across the UK (including Scottish Opera), the USA (including So Percussion), Australia (including Sydney Symphony), Europe (including Snapdragon duo) and New Zealand (including Stroma). Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music was awarded Album of the Year in 2000, and she has represented New Zealand at the industry’s most significant worldwide event: International World Music Days Festival.

Young's film soundtrack attracted awards at major festivals worldwide, her installations have been featured at Vivid Sydney, New York’s Puffin Room and New York’s Gallery 138, and radio work commissioned and premiered on National Public Radio (USA), the ABC (Australia), and Radio New Zealand. Her iOS App Hushabye continues to soothe babies and their parents alike.

Her writing examines the human voice and technology, and a monograph on this subject, _Singing the Body Electric: The Human Voice and Technology_ (Routledge) is listed in the Times Higher Education 'Best Books of 2015'. Further work is published in Contemporary Music Review, Leonardo Music Journal and Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies.

A Fulbright scholar, Miriama attained degrees from The New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington, and a PhD from Princeton University. She teaches at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, University of Melbourne


  • 2007 
    Princeton University, PhD