Gayle Young, studied contemporary music with David Rosenboom, Richard Teitelbaum, James Tenney and Bob Becker at Toronto's York University, 1974-1977, and was soon presenting concerts as composer and performer of microtonal music on acoustic instruments of her own design, both stringed and percussion. She also composes for orchestral and electronic instruments, and pre-recorded soundscapes. In the summer of 2015 she installed Castorimba Suspended, at Fieldwork, an outdoor arts venue. The piece consists of over a hundred sticks chewed by beavers, suspended from trees so that visitors can play them. She was an early participant in the improv community that formed around the Music Gallery in 1970s Toronto. Later she attended several Deep Listening Retreats with Pauline Oliveros, and is qualified to lead Deep Listening Retreats. Young has written extensively on contemporary music and sound arts. The Sackbut Blues, her biography of Hugh Le Caine (1914-1977), Canadian inventor of electronic music instruments, describes interconnections among physics, acoustics and music from a mid-twentieth century perspective. Young is the publisher (and former editor) of Musicworks Magazine. Her compositions have been broadcast and performed internationally; she has received numerous awards and commissions, most recently a prestigious fellowship with Civitella Ranieri Foundation, for a six-week residence in Italy, 2014, where she completed As Trees Grow, for piano and optional electronics. The work was premiered by Xenia Pestova at Cafe OTO, London, in February 2017.