Composer, percussionist, and educator Sam Young was born in Missoula, Montana and grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Before he began composing, he enjoyed a career as a professional drummer, performing and recording with national touring bands Devotchka and The Samples. As a composer, he is interested in the soundscapes of both natural and urban environments, which are often depicted in his music. He has been commissioned to write for performers and ensembles throughout the U.S. and internationally, with recent works for the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Trio, New York City-based ensemble Corvus, and the Adelaide Wind Ensemble in Australia. His music for chamber groups, wind ensemble, and soloists is performed regularly—in venues such as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall—and has been featured at numerous festivals, including the International Summer Academy of Music (Michelstadt, Germany), California Summer Music (Rohnert Park, CA), and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Fairbanks, AK).
As a music theorist, his research interests include hypermeter and phrase structure, timbre, and music-theory pedagogy. He holds degrees from Metropolitan State University of Denver (B.M.), Mannes College of Music in New York City (M.M.), and recently received his Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California, Los Angeles. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University, where he enjoys teaching courses in music theory and music technology.