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Sabrina Peña Young

E-mail: spenayoung@gmail.com

TWITTER: @dalatindiva

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/newmusiccomposer

Sabrina Peña Young The Palm Beach Arts Paper calls Young “Wagner 2.0” for her “groundbreaking” intermedia opera Libertaria. Recognized internationally as an innovator, Young gave a TED Talk on technology and opera at TEDxBuffalo. She spoke at the Future of Music Symposium and showcased Libertaria at NYC’s Opera America. Art Basil Miami, the Beijing Conservatory, Art Miami, SEAMUS, ICMC, and venues in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas have presented her work. The daughter of Dominican and Cuban parents in 1980s South Florida, Young studied percussion as a child and experimented with MIDI on her parents’ PC. In 2000 she joined the University of South Florida SYCOM avant-garde. Young continued graduate studies in Music Technology at Florida International University, interning with Pauline Oliveros. She composed over 200 works, with performances by the Florida Orchestra, Women in Music Columbus, Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Heartland Marimba Quartet, FIU New Music Ensemble, and Vox Feminae in Tel Aviv. The Creation Oratorio, composed in Swahili, Spanish, and English, and written for female choir, Afro-Cuban percussion and tape, won the IAWM New Genre Prize. The American Music Center awarded Young a grant for World Order #5. Young received an IAWM grant for her documentary The Opera Heard Round the World and Urban Nights. Young authored The Feminine Musqiue: Multimedia and Women Today and Composer Boot Camp. She has written for Yahoo!, Percussive Notes, New Music Box, IAWM Music Journal, SEAMUS, and Panpipes. She composed for Emmy-Winning Rob Cabrera’s Monica and collaborated with Lee Scott on his interactive UK opera The Village. Recent projects include the Malletkat Suite Destiny: Eondwyr (commissioned by Kurt Gartner), film scores for The Present and the Passed and Spiritus, and a performance by the InterXchange Ensemble in Brazil.

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