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Melissa Miles


Composition (Violin), B.M.

In the composition area at Biola, you can tailor your education to what fits your interests. Since I was particularly interested in writing for musical theatre, I spent much of my time during my last year honing my songwriting skills. Although I focused more on composing for theatre, I felt like my experience studying composition at Biola was very well rounded and I had the chance to write in many genres and for many instruments/ensembles as well.


  • M.F.A. Musical Theatre Writing, New York University
  • B.M. Composition, Biola University
  • B.A. Music Education, Seattle Pacific University
  • Additional studies at The Contemporary Music Center (Martha's Vineyard, MA)

Professional Affiliations

  • The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL)

Awards / Honors

  • The ASCAP Foundation Max Dreyfus Scholarship, 2015/16
  • SCI/ASCAP Commission Competition finalist — Reflections of Autumn, 2014
  • Best Original Score Nominee — Biola Film Festival, 2014 — god
  • BMI Musical Theater Workshop Finalist — 2013
  • Best Original Score Nominee — Southeastern 180 Film Festival, 2013 — Is This Seat Taken?
  • Composition Contest 2nd Place — Biola University Conservatory of Music, 2012 & 2013
  • PRISM Contest Winner — Biola University Conservatory of Music, 2012
  • Professional Ensemble Recording Competition Winner — Biola University, 2012
  • Featured Violin Soloist — Seattle Pacific University Jazz Ensemble, 2008
  • President’s Honor’s Quartet — Violist, Seattle Pacific University, 2005/2006 & 2008/2009
  • Washington State Music Teacher’s Association Composition Competition 3rd Place, 2002