Miles Friday, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor, Music

Miles Friday, D.M.A.



Miles Jefferson Friday is a composer and educator who aims to construct communities where sound can serve as a site for critical inquiry to be realized, not just in the abstract, but in practice. Within this guiding principle, Friday's creative output acts as a form of project-based research, where he utilizes music technologies and engages with theoretical scholarship as a means of exploring personal subjectivities of auditory reception, re-thinking instruments and/as objects, and proposing ways in which sound-based practice can operate more dynamically and equitably. Creating work in acoustic, electronic, digital, installation, and instrument-building based media, Friday aims to treat music composition not as a singular, codified medium, but as a methodology that has the capacity to house a wide spectrum of artistic inquiries in sound, technology, and related arts.

Friday's works have been performed across the United States and internationally by ensembles such as the AIR Contemporary Music Collective (China), Ensemble Dal Niente (USA), Ensemble InterContemporain (France), Ensemble Suono Giallo (Italy), the Fifth House Ensemble (USA), the GAMEnsemble (Russia), the Momenta String Quartet (USA), the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Russia), the Tacet(i) Ensemble (Thailand), the TAK Ensemble (USA), the Tönkunstler Orchestra (Austria), the Wet Ink Ensemble (USA), Yarn/Wire (USA), and more. Additionally, Friday has exhibited acousmatic works and multi-media installations at festivals such as the SinusTon Festival (Germany), the International Computer Music Conference (Ireland & China), the Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium (Thailand), the SEAMUS Conference (USA), and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (USA), respectively.

Friday has won awards and honors including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Twisted Spruce Symposium Composition Competition Prize, the Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award, the Wayne Brewster Barlow Prize, the Kuttner String Quartet Composition Competition, and the Robert Avalon Young Composer Competition.



  • MUS 3123: Computer and Electronic Music
  • MUS 4581: Digital Music Lab (San Antonio Improvisatory Laptop Orchestra)

Research Interests

  • Music Composition
  • Sound Art
  • Sound Installation
  • Electro-acoustic & Computer Music
  • Acoustic Ecology


  • D.M.A. in Music Composition, Cornell University (2023)
  • M.F.A. in Music Composition, Cornell University (2021)
  • M.A. in Music Composition, Eastman School of Music (2018)
  • B.M. in Music Composition, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (2016)