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Miriama Young


Born: 1975 Website  


Dr Miriama Young is a dual-national New Zealand/Australian composer, sound artist and educator based at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM). Miriama graduated with a B.A. in History and B.Mus. (1st Class Hons.) from Victoria University of Wellington (NZSM). In 2000 she pursued postgraduate work in the United States on a Fulbright Award, and gained her PhD in Music Composition at Princeton University (2007).

Young's output is diverse - from chamber ensembles to film music, interactive sound for dance, spoken sound art for radio, installations with live electronics & concert works for instrument/ electro-acoustics. She has released two sound-related iOS Apps: Hushabye and SyncSound.

Much of Young's work engages new technologies to explore direct physicality and sound (interactive installations such as Solstice Lamp for Vivid Sydney 2013); though spoken word (The Prime Cut; 1, 000 Kisses; Speak Volumes); using new technologies and bespoke hardware or software (The Grey Ghost, Chatterbox, Titlipur). She has written extensively for voice, including Zen Story for Scottish Opera) and art song (Inner Voices of Blue). Some work electronically manipulates the voice (The Point of Contact); or explores the sound of human absence (Speechless - The Polar Realm).

Complementing her creative output, research as a scholar examines the human voice & recording technology, and a monograph on this subject, Singing the Body Electric: The Human Voice and Sound Technology (Routledge) is listed in the "Times Higher Education Best Books, 2015".

The recipient of numerous awards, Miriama's instrumental and vocal works are performed and commissioned by ensembles stretching from Norway to New Zealand, iincluding performances by Scottish Opera, HD Duo, So Percussion, New Millennium Ensemble, Quey Percussion, the Nash Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Stroma, the Yesaroun' Duo, Strike Percussion, and Now Ensemble, and Bang on a Can MassMoca. Her installations have featured at 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.

Composed (10)

Grey Ghost

for piano and fixed media, 10m 20s

Iron Tongues

for three groups of percussion instruments - wood, metal, skins, 5m

Pūtaringamotu | Place of Echo

for piano trio, 8m 30s


for baritone saxophone and percussion, 9m

Speak Volumes

electroacoustic work, 9m

Suffrage Song

for female voice and electric ukelele

The Inner Voices of Blue

for mezzo soprano and chamber ensemble, 12m 30s


An installation shown as a projected digital dance

With You – Without You

for voice and piano, 3m 15s

Zen Story

for solo soprano, mezzo, baritone and bass with chamber orchestra, 15m

Performances (2)

Music From Her

Our Music From Her festival, held in mid-October, will celebrate, support and encourage diverse v...

Suffrage Songs Recomposed

Featuring nine female composers, this concert will see a collection of New Zealand women’s suffra...