Nina Young is Assistant Professor in the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She completed the DMA program in Composition at Columbia in 2016. Prior to coming to Columbia, Nina received a Master's in Music Composition from McGill University's Schulich School of Music studying under composer Sean Ferguson. While in Montreal Nina held a research assistantship in the Expanded Musical Practice group at CIRMMT and worked as a studio and teaching assistant at the McGill Digital Composition Studios. Nina completed her undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) receiving degrees in both ocean engineering and music. At MIT she held a research assistantship at the MIT Media Lab in Tod Machover's Hyperinstruments group. Her strengths in both music and the sciences has led to research and music compositions that concentrate on mixing instrumental and electronic music.
Nina's music has been performed and read in the United States, Canada, France, and the Netherlands by ensembles including the Orkest de ereprijs, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Independent Orchestra and Chamber Players at McGill, EAMA Resident String Quartet, Cameleon Arts Ensemble, Henschel Quartet, Time Table Percussion Trio, UNESCO Fusion Arts Ensemble, MIT Symphony Orchestra, and numerous independent musicians. Awards include a 2010 BMI Student Composer Award for her piece Kolokol for two pianos and electronics, IAWM's 2010 and 2011 New Music Competitions, McGill Student Composer-in-Residence program (2009, 2010), and the Philip Loew Memorial Award. She has participated in festivals and conferences including the 17th International Young Composers Meeting, SEAMUS 2011, Domaine Forget's Nouvelles Rencontres, European American Musical Alliance at the Ecole Normale in Paris, US State Department's Fusion Arts Exchange, the Atlantic Music Festival, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Aspen Summer Music Festival, and Bowdoin Sumer Musical Festival. Outside of concert music Nina has composes, arranges, and does sound design work for both theatre and dance. Nina spent 2015-16 at the American Academy in Rome as the winner of the Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize.